Macao, Maco SAR, June 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Macao Grand Prix Museum was officially inaugurated today (1 June). Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng, accompanied by Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, officiated the inaugural ceremony.
Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng, Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, and Director of Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, officiated the lion eye-dotting ceremony and joined other guests for group photo in front of the Macao Grand Prix Museum. Afterwards, Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng officiated the inaugural ceremony, accompanied by Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong.
At the inaugural ceremony, MGTO Director Senna Fernandes expressed that MGTO commenced the expansion construction project of the Macao Grand Prix Museum in 2017, towards the goal to offer local and visiting museumgoers an innovative, fun-filled, educational and interactive journey into the world of the Macau Grand Prix’s motorsport culture. Upon completion of expansion construction this March, the Museum has partly come into trial operation. During this period, MGTO strove to refine and optimize the Museum after hearing opinions from different organizations and residents.
Today, the Macao Grand Prix Museum officially opens to the public in a brand-new design. She hopes that the Museum, as a sophisticated confluence of history, sports, popular science, technology, culture, creativity and barrier-free accessibility, can deliver an inclusive experience of educational entertainment, leisure and learning for all. The Museum will gradually enrich its future calendar with parent-and-child interactive workshops and other activities to elevate the “tourism + sports” synergy.
During the ceremony, MGTO presented the Museum’s promotional video and making-of video about its expansion construction. Following that, Chief Executive visited different floors of the Museum for a full picture of the exhibits and facilities.
The guests at the ceremony include Chief-of-Office of the Chief Executive’s Office, Hoi Lai Fong, Chief of Office of the Secretary for Economy and Finance, Ku Mei Leng, MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, President of Sports Bureau, Pun Weng Kun, Director of Government Information Bureau, Ines Chan, and President of the Board of Directors of the Automobile General Association of Macao-China, Chong Coc Veng, among others.
During trial operation since late March up to May this year, the Museum has admitted close to 12,000 visitors, among which there are 33 delegations from 140 entities/organizations from the tourism sector, media, its counterparts and government entities.
The collected questionnaires revealed that visitors deemed the exhibits and guided tour service most satisfactory at the Museum, while the most popular interactive games are G-Force Challenge, MotoVR Race Experience and Pit Garage.
In addition to the Macao Highlight Tours launched recently by the travel trade, MGTO plans to partner with e-commerce companies to spotlight the prestigious international motorsport event — Macao Grand Prix and the brand-new tourism product – Macao Grand Prix Museum via different platforms.
At present, the maximal capacity of the Museum is 2,200 visitors per day. In line with the measures of pandemic prevention, after the official inauguration in June, the Museum opens a daily quota of 1,100 visitors for the public and sets a maximal capacity of 284 visitors per time slot (i.e. two hours). The Macao Grand Prix Museum rigorously follows the pandemic prevention guidelines issued by Health Bureau. Visitors are required to wear masks throughout their visit, have their temperature checked and present Macau health code of the day upon entry.
From today onward, the Museum sells its admission tickets at full price. Timed-entry tickets can be purchased 30 days in advance and up to one day before the visit on the official website, while immediate entry tickets are available for sale at the Museum. The opening hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.