Because of its greater dimension and distance in relation to the other islands, S. Miguel allows for a self-centered livingness that is unusual in the rest of the Azores, and where one can live considering the trodden ground while almost forgetting about the sea, or dream of living “beyond the horizon” and admitting all utopias and universalities. Carlos Machado Museum rehearses glances upon these dichotomies, whether stemming from the work of artists, such as the sculptor Canto da Maya (1890-1981), who lived in Geneva and Paris for a long time; or from a vast collection of devotional art that comes from different periods and origins, and displays the richness, variety and density, both of the cultural contacts of the Azorean archipelago and of the art produced in the world by then; or from the emblematic collection of natural history, started precisely by Carlos Machado, where the glance upon the islands merges with the glance upon the world, bearing witness to the usual ways of seeing and thinking of the scientists, intellectuals and curious of Science by the end of the 19th century.
Carlos Machado Museum branches: Santo André Convent, Santa Bárbara Branch and Devotional Art Branch
Carlos Machado Museum consists of three neighboring branches located in the historical center of Ponta Delgada: Santo André Branch, with a northern entrance by Guilherme Poças Street, Santa Bárbara Branch, accessed through Dr. Carlos Machado Street, and Devotional Art Branch, hosted in the old Church of the Jesuit School.
Santo André Branch: Lat. 37.743057 Long. -25.667583
Santa Bárbara Branch: Lat. 37.742606 Long. -25.668155
Devotional Art Branch: Lat. 37.743833 Long. -25.669875
Carlos Machado Museum is easily accessible by car, having parking spots nearby its Branches. Since it is located at the very heart of the historical center, getting here on foot is also a good option.
Carlos Machado Museum is a regional museum where Azorean memory and identity are preserved and fostered. Its collections of natural history, ethnography, art, decorative arts, toys and garment, among others that show a multiplicity of themes, are displayed both in temporary and long-term exhibitions. Those concerning Devotional Art, Conventual Memory, Natural History as well as the artist Canto da Maya are regularly accompanied by temporary exhibitions, offering the whole year round a varied set of activities to their publics and visitors. A tour may take from 30 minutes up to two hours. Guided tours are available through booking in advance, even though the exhibitions, accompanied by bilingual texts and descriptions, can be appreciated by the autonomous visitor as well. See the Museum online page to know what’s on, at http://museucarlosmachado.azores.gov.pt.
The Museum is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays, including holidays, from 9:30am to 5:00pm in winter (from October 1st to March 31st) and from 10:00am to 6:00pm in summer (from April 1st to September 30th).
All Museum Branches have parking nearby and offer information both in Portuguese and English. Santa Bárbara and Santo André Branches have lifts, while the Devotional Art Branch provides audio-guides.