We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museo del Carnaval

Neighborhood: Ciudad Vieja
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825, No.218, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone Number: (+598 02) 916 5493

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 206 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 73
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Too small, where is the content?

Given the rich history of Carnaval in Uruguay, I was surprised how little content this museum actually has. When I visited there was an exhibition of perhaps 25 costumes (which... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Alexinmelbourne
,
Melbourne, Australia
Add Photo Write a Review

206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Given the rich history of Carnaval in Uruguay, I was surprised how little content this museum actually has. When I visited there was an exhibition of perhaps 25 costumes (which were fantastic), and a rather small permanent collection (most of which was behind a curtain of white mesh fabric making it difficult to see). There was little text to accompany... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Durham, North Carolina
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

A small museum with artifacts and music that distinguish Uruguay's carnaval and its historic antecedents. Nice displays of costumes and documentation of the development of Uruguay's unique carnaval. Made me want to visit during Carnaval season--so much more accessible and inviting than the spectaculars in Brasil! Unassuming but worth a visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lafayette, Louisiana
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

As a Carnival enthusiast from South Louisiana, I made this a must-do stop. The group that does this place needs to step it up. They could REALLY do a lot with this. I would guess they got the space for cheap. I liked seeing the videos of the Murga singing competition, but signage explaining it would have been great. What... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
25 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I was interested in learning a bit about the famous Carnival of Montevideo, but this museum only has a few masks and costumes on display. I'm sure many people are disappointed because what you see at the entrance (when buying your ticket) is the main room. There's one more small room on the left as you walk in. You can... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ballarat, Australia
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

I wandered into this museum, to check if there were English translations. As you walk in, you can see the first part of an exhibit - and it has English translation. Great - paid my 80 pesos and proceeded through. That first part was the only part that has translations!! I actually feel that they might have done it on... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Maryland
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

It's not a great or even very good museum by international museum standards--tiny, poorly arranged, ill-explained, even in Spanish. However, the costumes and masks do give an idea of what happens during Carnaval in Montevideo. And while I was there, they were having a candombe drumming demonstration for schoolchildren that was very interesting. Worth a visit if you are in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
58 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

There isn't much to this two room museum. There are a few ancient relics of past carnivals, that won't mean anything to you because they aren't well explained. There are many aspects and 5 categories of competition for Uruguay's carnival, unfortunately none of them are explained at all. Save your money for internet cafe and read up about it online... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dili, East Timor
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

If you love carnival then you'll love this museum ... costumes, floats, music, masks ... all on display !!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

As a brazilian (even not being a great carnival lover), i get used to our carnival style, very famous worldwide. It was a pleasure to learn how the uruguayan people combined some aspects of brazilian carnival, and mixed with their local culture, creating a very-unique style. Obviously, some elements of another places were also used (such as parades), but anyway,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Staten Island, New York
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

I've been to the great warehouse, museum on the outskirts of New Orleans. This little museum has it beat. Not only are there great exhibits of costumes and artifacts, there is also a well done museum quality exposition of the history and origins of Carnaval in Uruguay--and its Venetian influence. There are a couple of pleasant cafes next door where... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Museo del Carnaval also viewed

Montevideo, Montevideo Department
Montevideo, Montevideo Department
 
Montevideo, Montevideo Department
Montevideo, Montevideo Department
 

Been to Museo del Carnaval? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Museo del Carnaval staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?