Madeira Military Museum

This museum is located in São Lourenço Palace, a fortress built by King Manuel I at the beginning of the 16th century in order to protect the people of Funchal.

The administrative division of powers, Civil and Military, in 1836, caused a split in the physical occupation of the palace. The eastern area, formerly under the responsibility of the Military Governor, is now under the jurisdiction of the Madeira Military Zone Command. Visitors can see an exhibition related to the history and development of the fortress.

The exhibition aims to draw attention to the important role played by Madeira in Portuguese military history. It occupies three rooms of the ancient fortress where several collections of weapons from the 18th century to the present day are on display.

It also houses a collection of antique bronze artillery pieces, another of light weapons and it is also profusely illustrated with diversified iconography representing the history of the Portuguese Army in Madeira.