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Frederico de Freitas House-Musem

Come visit the historic Frederico de Freitas Museum-House! 

It was the residence of the Calçada Counts in the 17th century, known as Casa da Calçada.  The small palace is alluring in its facade and interior. Inside, we find a comprehensive tiles collection from all eras and world regions.

Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas
Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas

The other portion of the house whispers how it was to live in this palace.

It offers a unique opportunity to explore history, culture, and past aesthetic sensibilities.

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Address: Calçada de Santa Clara 7, 9000-036 Funchal

With its bold colour, the Frederico de Freitas Museum-House makes its presence known on Santa Clara Calçada, in the historical São Pedro neighbourhood, Funchal, Madeira Island.

The building has undergone renovations, giving it a more romantic appearance.


Entry to the Frederico de Freitas House-Museum costs €3 per adult.

Opening Hours:

Open Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00-17:30.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

It’s a charming museum with high-value items and a beautiful garden. Its name is a tribute to a valuable man in the Madeiran culture.

In 1941, the house was leased to lawyer Frederico de Freitas (1894-1978), who amassed an impressive collection of works of art and had the foresight to leave them as a legacy for Madeira.


Phone: 291 202 570

Email: cmffreitas.drc.srtc@madeira.gov.pt

When Frederico began collecting, he was only 30 years old. Initially, he focused on items related to Madeira, but over time the collection expanded to include sculptures, paintings, furniture, ceramics, and engravings, both of national and foreign origin.

The museum is divided into two parts: the House of Tiles and the House of Pavement.

In the House of Tiles, we have an array of objects that aid us in understanding the history and entire manufacturing process of Portuguese and European tile.

In Pavement House, we see artistic and practical objects that evoke simpler, more romantic eras. The beautiful garden still maintains all of its characteristics.

Things do to nearby:

150 meters away, we have an excellent group of museums: the Sacred Art Museum with its rich Flemish paintings (Portugal’s best) and Quinta das Cruzes Museum of decorative arts (Painting, Sculpture, Furniture).

To the north, we find the lofty São João Baptista do Pico Fort (16th century) that rewards us with expansive views of the Funchal amphitheatre.

To the south, 300 meters away, emerges the Blandy’s, Wine Lodge. Here, We explore 200 years of Madeira wine history.

And, of course, the Renaissance Funchal Cathedral. It is the most valuable religious temple of the Archipelago, stunning inside.