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Free Admission to Monte Palace Gardens on 1st of July

Monte Palace Madeira – Jardim Tropical, located in the parish of Monte, opens its doors free of charge to residents of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, to celebrate the Day of the Autonomous Region of Madeira and the Madeiran community.

This event, marked by tradition, provides locals with the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of this culturally rich space. To guarantee free admission, visitors must present proof of residence at the garden ticket booths.

The initiative includes musical moments. From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Violin and Saxophone Duo. The VioSax Duo will delight visitors with engaging melodies; from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Madeiran Folklore. The MonteVerde Group will energise the Garden by providing traditional folk music and dance.  From 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, the talented Madeiran artists Vânia Fernandes and Francisco Lopes promise to provide a memorable show with their music.

In addition to the cultural offer, there is also the opportunity to explore the new exhibition of Modern and Contemporary art, inaugurated on the 8th of May, entitled ‘The World Begins Here!’

This exhibition, spread over the Museum’s top two floors, features a diverse collection of over 200 works, including painting, sculpture, photography, video, and installation, celebrating artistic diversity and testifying to Monte Palace Madeira’s ongoing commitment to the preservation and promotion of the arts.

Highlighting national and international artists, the exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the contemporary art scene, contemplating almost a century of artistic production and incorporating representative works from various movements, such as Abstract Expressionism, Constructivism, Pop art, and Body art.

Monte Palace Madeira – Jardim Tropical is proud “to be one of the most prominent cultural spaces on the island.”

With a generous area of 70,000 m2 and a lush variety of vegetation, including species from all over the world, from South Africa to America, the garden offers a unique experience where nature merges with art and culture. In addition, visitors can enjoy the diverse fauna, including Koi fish, peacocks, flamingos, white swans, and Carolino and Mandarin ducks.

Opening hours are from 09:30 to 18:00, with the last entry at 17:15.  For those wishing to use public transport, the gardens can be accessed via the Funchal/Monte cable car, bus no. 20, 21, 22, 48, or taxi.

There is parking at the Caminho do Desterro Park (next to the Monte cemetery) and Corujeira Park.

Samantha Gannon

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