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Donation Certificate Presentation Ceremony by Macao Museum


Ever since its establishment, the Macao Museum under the Cultural Affairs Bureau, has continuously committed itself to the collection of relics with cultural and artistic value related to the local area.

In order to recognise the organisations and individuals who have donated such important cultural relics, the Macao Museum took the opportunity of its 15th anniversary celebration to hold a Donation Certificate Presentation Ceremony at 5:00pm on Friday, 24th May. The five local and overseas individuals awarded with the donation certificates and whose names will be published in the donor list of the Museum are:

Ms. Szeto Sin, currently living in Los Angeles, U.S.A., and whose godmother is Sun Wan, Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s daughter. Ms. Szeto donated the last batch - over a hundred relics related to the family of Sun Yat Sen and Dai Ensai - to the Macao Museum last year. It included photos, literature, household and other items used by these historical figures. At the age of 80, Ms. Szeto has made a special trip to Macao in order to attend the event.

Ms. Maria Lourdes de Menezes Bayot, a Macanese who currently lives in Sydney, Australia, and who has donated six large embroidery canopies - presents given to her ancestor Mr. Bernardino de Senna Fernandes, an important figure in politics and commercial circles at the end of the 19th century, by officials and celebrities of Macao at that time.

Mr. Chung Yuen Ming, who currently lives in San Francisco, U.S.A., has donated over 90 cultural relics of Cantonese Opera that belonged to his elder sister Chung Siu Lay, a once famous Cantonese Opera performer in Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macao from the 1930s to the 1960s.


‘Chu Luen San’, a store that has provided ceremonial services in Macao for more than 80 years. The store owners of the third generation - brothers Chu Ion Chun and Chu Chun - have donated a batch of cultural relics to the Macao Museum upon the store’s relocation, including an antique bridal sedan chair.

Mr. Lai Hong Kin, who has moved to Hong Kong but is still active in Macao, has collected Macao historical materials for a long period of time. In addition to physically encouraging others to donate cultural relics, he himself has donated cultural relics to Macao Museum on several occasions over the past years, including his recent collection of 45 ancient bronze mirrors.

Cultural relics collection is the soul and essence of museum. A museum is a place that can provide the most suitable condition for the safekeeping or artefacts, as well as preservation and restoration methods, in order to achieve cultural relics protection, the extension of cultural relics’ life and bring the function of education into play through cultural relics.

By means of long term promotion and encouragement, it is possible to promote and instil in the community the idea of sharing cultural relics. In recent years, the Macao Museum has received items not only from local donor but also overseas, from single pieces to large sets, thus improving the quality of its collections.

The Macao Museum will display some of the donated cultural relics at the Entrance Hall, showing its appreciation for the great kindness of the donors, allowing visitors to get to know their contributions and also encouraging residents to continue to donate. Community members interested in donating cultural relics to the Museum, please contact Mr. Sit on (853) 8394 1216 (during office hours) or through the email For enquiries, or to download Donation Form, please visit the Museum’s website at







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