Museu Photographia Vicentes


Set up by Vicente Gomes da Silva in 1865, this exquisitely preserved photographic studio, above a shady cobbled courtyard, was in use until 1982. The exhibitions of yesteryear's photographic equipment are interesting enough, but the real treasures here are the 800,000 images, mostly from the 20th century – by far the most valuable record of island life in existence. The museum was under renovation at the time of research but was set to reopen in 2019.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Funchal attractions

1. Blandy's

0.08 MILES

Housed in the Adegas de São Francisco, the former Franciscan monastery, Blandy's brings together the British-Madeiran wine companies that were given…

2. Igreja do Colégio


Funchal's Jesuit Church dominates the city's prettiest square, Praça do Município. No surface is left unadorned in the baroque interior with its azulejos,…

3. Pereira D'Oliveira


Run by the fifth generation of the D'Oliveira family, this is Funchal's most easily accessible wine experience. Anyone can enter the strongly aromatic…

4. Museu de Arte Sacra


Housed in the former 16th-century bishop's palace dominating the south side of Praça do Município, Madeira's most fascinating art collection is a major…

5. Jardim Municipal

0.11 MILES

Verdant old park in the city centre, created on the site of the Convent of San Francisco, with tens of exotic labelled trees, twittering birds, basalt…

6. Museu de História Natural

0.12 MILES

This old-fashioned museum, housed (in classic Funchal fashion) in a surplus palace, has an ageing aquarium on the ground floor, and stuffed local fauna,…


0.12 MILES

Funchal's 16th-century cathedral once oversaw the world's largest diocese – all of Portugal’s overseas territories from Madeira to Brazil to Angola – and…

8. Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas

0.18 MILES

Built by the counts of Calçada in the 17th century, this tasteful mansion was purchased by a local lawyer, Frederico de Freitas, in the 1940s. An avid…