The Association of the eight panoramas of Macau selected the landscape that merges the classified area constituted by the Taipa Houses-Museum, the Carmo Church, the Carmo Lirbrary and the two little gardens as one of the eight views of Macau, especially the Taipa Houses-Museum, which includes five typical green houses with Macanese architectural characteristics of Portuguese Matrix, is considered one of the cultural relics and heritages of the Island.
The Taipa Houses-Museum was built in 1921, which had been the residences for high superiors and Macanese families. In the 80’s, the Tourist Department of Macau (now the Macau Government Tourist Office) bought and recovered them. In the late 90’s, the government decided to fully remodel them, recognizing its important architectural value, transforming them into museums and renaming the houses as “Macanese House”, “House of the Islands”, “House of the Portugal Regions”, “Exhibition Gallery” and “House for Reception” The Taipa Houses-Museum opened to public on 5 December 1999 and is administrated by the Civil and Municipal Affairs Bureau.
The Taipa house museum overlooks a big reservoir. The City of Dreams can be seen from here. When I was there in 2009, The City of Dreams was still not fully completed. Only the hotels are completed (HardRock, Crown, Hyatt etc).
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (No admittance after 17:30, Closed on Mondays, Free Admission on Sundays)
Bus routes: 11, 15, 22, 28A, 30, 33, 34
Ticket (into the museum):
Adult – MOP$5.00
Student or Group – MOP$2.00
Under 12 or above 65 years old – Free Admission