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“Pirates in the Waters of Macao” explores a complex social issue from 150 years ago

The exhibition features a rich showcase of documentation on piracy in the waters around Macao (Photo courtesy of the Macao SAR Government Cultural Affairs Bureau)

An exhibition documenting piracy in the Pearl River Delta is on display at the headquarters of the Archives of Macao until 31 January, 2021. It features more than 100 records, including maps, papers and photographs.

The exhibition explores piracy in the second half of the 19th century and the opening decades of the 20th century. The exhibits encourage more research into piracy, while giving an account of piracy as a social practice in a wider political, economic, social and cultural system.

Through this rich showcase of documentation, visitors can understand the many meanings of piracy in the context of Macao’s history. The exhibition shows that piracy was a more complex practice than suggested in modern books and films.

The exhibition is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, except Mondays and public holidays. For more information, visit or call +853 2859 2919 during office hours.