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“Go if you are interested in Chinese history”

Sun Yat-sen Memorial House
Ranked #92 of 254 things to do in Macau
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

We visited this museum as we wanted to learn more about the founding father of China. It is less touristy than other places and is well worth a visit for those interested in history. Dr Sun was born in Zhongshan, not too far away from Macau, and this was where he lived and practised medicine while in Macau.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Dr Sun Yat Sen, the founder or driving force behind the Chinese republican revolution and the modernization of China in the early years of last century, lived in Macau for a 'short but significant time', as Macau information leaftlets state. This was his house and where he practised medicine (though apparently it is somewhat rebuilt as it was destroyed in an explosion in the 1930s, some time after his death). Dr Sun was born in Zhongshan city, China, just north of Macau, and this atmospheric house is well worth a visit especially for those interested in this key period of modern Chinese history.

The house is set just off a busy street (opposite a police facility) on Av Sidonio Pais. It is well presented, has several original artefacts from his family on display, and it's where his first wife lived until her death in the 1950s. It has several interesting architectural features and one reflects that this must have been a peaceful and very pleasant setting below the Guia Hill, in the days when Macau was a quiet and traditional locale.

Admission is free, 10am-1pm, 2.30-5p, (closed Tuesdays). The museum staff we saw seemed to be disinterested and among the least helpful in Macau, but at least they are not bothersome. Don't let this indifference put you off, as the house itself is the star. Have a stroll around, enjoy the excellent internal structure, and particular look at the sanitary ware. The museum labels, timelines and explanations are generally good and bi-lingual/trilingual, though some are only written in Chinese.

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Reviewed 14 February 2013

I would really want to go into detail, but "Bradjill" from this site has already such a comprehensive detail of the place I would not want to repeat. Rather I would tell you the practical details.

Is it worth visiting?
This is not the original house that Sun Yat Sen stayed in. Rather it is a replica with some genuine things like chairs, clothes or letters that he wrote kept inside. It is three stories high but only 2 are open to the public.

Each room will contain certain memorabilia, photos, letters that he once used and you can get a glimpse of the founding father's life back then.

How to get there?
This place is about a 20-30 minute walk from the St. Paul's cathedral or 10-15minute walk away from the Western Cemetery. If you choose to take a taxi (Which I did) DO NOT in anyway tell the taxi driver to get to the "sun yat-sen" memorial house. He or she will have no IDEA what you are talking about. Rather, just say "Guo Fu Ji nian guan" or the "guo fu" house. They know this man by this name "Guo fu" which means the father of the country. We took a taxi from the pier on the main island and cost about 30 MOP ($4 USD)

If you happen to pass by or you are a big fan of history especially with the founding father of Taiwan, do go. Otherwise, there are more worthwhile, authentic history or relics in Macau such as the military club or other churches better for you to pass the day.

3  Thank Andrew L
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

We recently visited the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall during our recent weekend trip to Macau, finding this free attraction potentially interesting for those wanting to learn more about the founder of the Republic of China, which is more commonly known as the government in present day Taiwan.

This attraction is at the location of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's original residence in Macau. However, the present house was not lived in by this important historical figure. The original house was paid for and constructed by his grandson after a nearby building's holding munitions exploded. We found the building to be rather unconventional considering the eclectic mix of architectural designs. Anyway within this three story building, numerous rooms are set up with exhibits that relate to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's life. The ground floor main room has a good timeline of events giving a pretty good overview of Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s milestones.

There is an active library of sorts found on the ground floor which is stocked with Chinese reading materials. The upstairs rooms are somewhat dry and we found them to be less interesting, although the current exhibition at the top floor featuring Dr. Sun Yat Sen's relations with America and his top American aid, named Homer Lea, was a sufficiently intriguing addition to the Memorial's collection. Lastly there is a bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen found in the outside area of the Memorial Hall.

Overall, those with a particular interest in Dr. Sun Yat Sen might enjoy finding this Memorial. Other visitors, particularly with short stays in the city, will probably not find this a priority visit and may want to concentrate their time and efforts on attractions that are more important and specific to Macau.

Tip: If you are planning to visit Hong Kong, you might want to consider visiting the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum in Central instead. This museum hosts a much larger collection of artifacts, pictures, letters and other parphenernalia pertaining to his life and offers a better overall experience.

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