Whaling in the archipelago took place until 1981 and is a part of the story presented by the Whale Museum.
Equipped with modern amenities, the museum is located in the friendly village of Caniçal. It aims to sensitize residents and visitors to the need for the preservation of whales and dolphins, and also provides information about key aspects of their biology.
The Madeira Whale Museum not only offers displays of great historical interest, but it has also conducted several scientific studies over the past few years on the cetaceans that can still be seen in the seas surrounding the archipelago.
The idea behind the museum is to preserve the historical heritage of whale hunting in Madeira as well as to disseminate information on cetaceans through an environmentally responsible policy. The museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday.