Top Choice Museum in Dili

Resistance Museum

This excellent museum commemorates Timor-Leste's 24-year struggle against the Indonesian occupation. The story of Falintil’s resistance is brought to life with a timeline, photos, video recordings and exhibits of th…
Museum in Dili

Chega! Exhibition

Set in the buildings and cells of a Portuguese-era prison where hundreds of resistance figures were interned by the Indonesian military, the exhibition (chega means 'stop' or 'no more' in Portuguese) gives a glimpse…
Gallery in Dili

Arte Moris

'Quirky' is one way to describe this art space housed in the grounds of Dili’s domed, Indonesian-era museum. Beyond the oddball outdoor sculptures, you'll find a collection of modern works, from woodcarvings to pain…
Museum in Dili

Xanana Cultural Centre

This complex houses Xanana Gusmão memorabilia, a photography exhibition, and the closest thing you'll find to a tourist info centre in Timor-Leste in its main, colonial-era building, with a library and free internet…
Lighthouse in Dili

Farol Lighthouse

The Farol Lighthouse beams northwest of Dili's seaport. It's not possible to go inside, but it makes for a nice photo stop.
Statue in Dili

Cristo Rei

Around 7km east of town on Cape Fatucama is the hard-to-miss Cristo Rei, a popular morning and evening exercise spot for locals and expats. From the cape, the views of turquoise bays and mountains are stunning. As y…
Cemetery in Dili

Santa Cruz Cemetery

On 12 November 1991, Indonesian soldiers fired on a peaceful memorial procession to this cemetery. Exact figures aren’t known, but it’s estimated that more than 250 civilians (mostly students) died, many of them aft…
Area in Dili


From children kicking around half-deflated soccer balls to boatmen reading the weather conditions opposite the grand Palácio do Governo (Government House), Dili's waterfront offers a great glimpse into local life. I…
Monument in Dili

Santa Cruz Massacre Memorial Monument

It lacks an inscription or an official name, but the location opposite Motael Church offers a clue: independence supporter Sebastião Gomes was shot by Indonesian forces outside the church on 28 October 1991. Followi…
Landmark in Dili

UN House

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assists the Timorese people to move from post-conflict recovery towards sustainable development.