Upon browsing through the spaces of the Museum, the visitor comes into contact with miscellaneous social and economic contexts related with the history of the Island of Madeira, as well as being able to accompany the evolution of the Decorative Arts.
The estate on display at the Quinta das Cruzes Museum consists of 16 exhibition rooms situated in the Main Building (1st floor and ground floor), the Sculpture Park (situated in the garden area) and the Chapel.
Inside the Main Building the exhibition route is organised into house environments (room 3, room 9, room 10), and also by criteria of a thematic (silver room, jewellery room), chronological and geographic nature (room 5, room 13).
Upon browsing through the spaces of the Museum, the visitor comes into contact with miscellaneous social (room 16) and economic (room 12) contexts related with the history of the Island of Madeira.
The economic history of the Island is essentially concerned with three cycles: sugar, wine and tourism. As regards the first cycle, this is evident from the «sugar-box» Furniture and from the Flemish Sculpture imported using revenue from the export of sugar. The second cycle, Wine, brought to Madeira a vast English community, whose presence can be detected as early as the end of the 17th century. As the outcome of this presence, we have the wide range of Furniture of English influence.
The Tourism cycle, which also includes therapeutic tourism, constitutes the third economic cycle which, until the end of the 19th century, brought to Madeira people from all over the world. English, French, German, Danish, Norwegian all came to Madeira and brought with them the Romantic spirit which prevailed in Europe at that time (room 1, room 4), recorded in various paintings, drawings and engravings which illustrated glimpses of the landscape, aspects of the population and places visited.
Furthermore, the Quinta das Cruzes Museum simultaneously allows the visitor to follow the route through the evolution of the Decorative Arts. In the main of European origin (room 6, room 14), the Museum also has clusters of oriental manufacture (room 2).
14 December 2009