The Taipa-Coloane History museum is set a short walk from
the casinos and located in a former Portuguese administrative building. A very small museum, it provided for a short diversion. While
the museum includes some coins, pottery, and other pieces recovered from nearby
archeological digs the majority of the pieces kept in the museum are either
models or date from the mid-20th century. This is not surprising, as
with much of China, the many historical artifacts have not been preserved or
have feel victim to the societal emphasis on rapid development. The historical
narrative of the islands of Taipa and Coloane is somewhat different than that
of the Macau peninsula, with both islands being incorporated under Portuguese
rule later than Macau. Economically, agriculture and fishing were the staples
of the two island societies before they were urbanized. Moreover, into the 20th
century the less developed Coloane was an important hideout for bandits and
A bell from from a Chinese temple on Coloane Island. The placard referred to it as “ancient”, though the bell itself dates from 1785.
Religious artifacts from the Catholic Church on Taipa.