The Macao Grand Prix Museum has opened its doors after construction concluded, commencing trial operations in March.
Throughout April, the Museum opens to the public each Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays. In May, the Museum is open to the public every day, excluding Tuesdays. A limited number of tickets are available at Macao Government Tourism Office’s (MGTO’s) online ticketing system, eticket.macaotourism.gov.mo, and they may be purchased in advance, on first-come, first-served basis, for either a session in the morning, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or afternoon, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
During trial operation in April and May, entry tickets will be half price: for Macao ID holders, that will be MOP20. Free admission can be enjoyed by: children up to 12 years, those aged 65 or above, holders of a Macao SAR student identity card, or a tour guide card, and people with a disability and one accompanying caretaker.
The ticket price for non-resident ID holders is MOP40. The price is MOP20 per person for non-residents aged between 4 and 12, or 65 and above, holders of an international student identity card, or a membership card of the International Council of Museums, and people with a disability and one accompanying caretaker. Non-residents up to 3 years of age can visit the Museum for free. Children up to 12 years must be accompanied by an adult in order to visit to the Museum.
In April and May, the Museum will provide each day, four guided tours: Cantonese (10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.), Portuguese/English (11:30 a.m.), and Mandarin (4:30 p.m.). Each session lasts about 45 minutes. Scheduled visitors are welcome to sign up on site for a guided tour.
Through the limited opening of the revamped Museum, MGTO aims to optimise the attraction’s management and experiences of its visitors. Tourism industry stakeholders can also learn more about this latest travel attraction during this time.
The Macao Grand Prix Museum started its trial operations in March. MGTO has invited the travel trade and other stakeholders to tour the expanded Museum and give their feedback to help refine the Museum’s environment and service quality. That is with the aim to optimise the Museum management and visitors’ experience continuously. Tourism industry stakeholders can also learn more about this latest travel attraction through the inspection visit.
The Museum now consists of four floors with a floor area of about 16,000 square metres, six times the previous size.
At a cost of about MOP479 million, the works included construction and new facilities. Among the new features are barrier-free facilities, interactive games, audio and video equipment, information technology systems, new exhibits, and wax figures of racers.
At present, the Museum team awaits installation of some racing simulators and wax figures of racing drivers. Such installation will also be subject to follow-up work by technicians from other cities, people who can come to Macao only after travel restrictions are lifted. Aside from such work, most of the Museum facilities have basically been completed.
The ground floor features a themed zone commemorating the winner of the first Macau Grand Prix, next to a model of the Guia Circuit with 3D projection mapping. The focus on the first floor is on formula cars from the early editions of the race and other Formula 3 exhibits.
The second floor sees the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in the spotlight, including a deconstructed motorcycle display and virtual reality motorcycle racing. The basement features the Macau GT Cup and Guia Race.
Internationally accredited remodelling
The Office mapped out sustainable development standards since early stages of preparing for the revamp, including management of construction waste and air quality during works. These and other measures have won the Museum a gold standard from the green building certification Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The Museum’s infrastructure incorporates a solar energy system comprising 446 solar panels that capture and transform solar energy from above the rooftop into electricity. This renewable energy will partially power air-conditioning and heat water.
‘Tourism + sports’ boost
The Museum is now more accessible, including to disabled visitors. Facilities include barrier-free elevators and platform lifts, accessible washrooms, tactile warning strips and tactile layout maps, and tabletop induction loop systems as aids to hearing at ticketing and information counters.
Additionally, the Museum has collaborated with a local education institute to create a tactile, barrier-free exhibit zone about formula racing cars.
The Museum is now equipped with multimedia interactive facilities and display to take visitors’ experience to a new level. The Office plans to enrich the Museum’s activity calendar with public guided tours, special exhibitions, workshops, exhibit collection and more, in a bid to promote interaction with schools and community organisations.
MGTO will help elevate “tourism + sports” synergy in destination branding, enhancing the communication and preservation of the Macau Grand Prix’s motorsport culture.
During the trial opening phase, management and staff of the Macao Grand Prix Museum will rigorously follow the pandemic prevention guidelines issued by the city’s Health Bureau. Visitors are required to wear masks, have their temperature checked and present Macao health code of the day upon entry.
For enquiries, please contact the Macao Grand Prix Museum at 8593 0515 or 8593 0516 during office hours. More information about the Macao Grand Prix Museum is available at mgpm.macaotourism.gov.mo.