Free Admission and Cultural Performances at Renovated Taipa Houses

The Taipa Houses are a major tourist attraction in Taipa

In order to optimise one of the city's main tourist attractions - the Taipa Houses - the Cultural Affairs Bureau has conducted renovation and conservation works on the early 20th Century buildings since the end of August, including painting exterior walls, repairing windows and door frames, and installing lighting in the building environs. The works have been completed, with three of the houses opened to the public from 1st October, with free admission. Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has also initiated a number of cultural performances for the weekends including traditional Portuguese Dance, Fado, string music and saxophone performances, along with portrait painting, in order to increase the Portuguese atmosphere.

The five Portuguese buildings comprising the Taipa Houses - built in 1921 - originally served as residences for senior civil servants and Macanese families. In 1992, the five buildings were recognised as buildings of imposing architectural value. Following restoration, the government transformed them into museums, under the collective name of 'Taipa Houses-Museum', which were opened to the public in 1999.

Making best use of the surrounding environment of the Taipa Houses in the preservation of the original characteristics of the buildings the government anticipated the further integration of five buildings, creating a multicultural leisure area and platform to showcase the culture of Portuguese-speaking countries and international cultural exchange.

The Taipa Houses are open to the public from 10:00am to 7:00pm (no admission after 6:30pm; closed on Mondays).