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Quinta das Cruzes Museum

Listed under Museums in Funchal, Portugal.

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This house was built in the 18th Century and has full length windows stretching between wooden floors and high ceilings, and became the home of Cesar Gomes who built up his collection of lovely things here. The contents include silver filigree, period furniture, bought and made locally or transported from England or Spain, antique jewellery and tiles, art, Chinese porcelain. The museum was first opened in 1952, and in 1966 the collection got an injection of more antiques and artefacts from the personal collection of John Wetzier. As well as being nice things, this collection shows what it was like living in Maderian fine society.

You only need a ticket if you want to look around inside, but the grounds are lovely also, with some pretty spectacular views from the cafe/ restaurant and an exotic orchid garden. The gardens are actually officially an archaeological park – designated so because of their ancient stonework, including tombstones and two window frames from the 15th Century.

Written by  Lina Frost.

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