The Military Museum of Madeira presents several collections of armaments from the eighteenth century to the present, as well as the evolution of the construction of the fortress of São Lourenço, where the museum is inserted. This museum is located in the Palace of St. Lawrence, fortress built by El Rei D. Manuel I, in the early sixteenth century, with the aim of protecting the population of Funchal.
The administrative division of the civil and military powers in 1836 caused a division in the physical occupation of the palace. The eastern area, once the responsibility of the Military Governor, is now under the tutelage of the Command of the Military Zone of Madeira and, in this place, there is an exhibition related to the history and development of the fortress.
The exhibition occupies three rooms of the old fortress, where you can see several collections of weaponry from the 18th century to the present day, a collection of old pieces of artillery in bronze and another of light armament. It is also profusely illustrated with diverse iconography representative of the history of the Portuguese in Madeira.
The museum aims to draw attention to the important role played by Madeira in Portuguese military history.
- Tuesday – Friday:10:00 – 12:00 – 14:00 – 17:00
- Break/Break: Weekends, Mondays and Public Holidays
- Regular ticket: 2 €
- Senior and Youth Ticket: 1€
- Family Ticket : 5 €