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Museo del Carnaval

Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825, No.218, Montevideo, Uruguay (Ciudad Vieja)
(+598 02) 916 5493
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Ranked #61 of 86 attractions in Montevideo
Type: Museums
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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

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Ballarat, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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

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Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
58 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

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

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Dili, East Timor
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 !!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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

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Staten Island, New York
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18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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

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ulster county, ny
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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

This museum is right near the Mercado de Puerta so if you are going there anyway, it could be worth visiting. But, although it told some of the history of Carnaval and had some interesting costumes on display, I don't think it would be worth the trip to that part of town just for this.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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14 reviews 14 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

The museum is worthwhile visiting, but don´t expect to stay there for hours. 30 minutes are OK. It is a nice place and will give you a general idea of Carnival and its history in Uruguay.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Montevideo has the longest celebration of Carnaval. It begins late January and ends late March. You have several different groups: murga, comparsas, parodists, etc. You will find mostly the vestuary of past murgas (sorry there is no accurate word in English, for that) and comparsas (black people who celebrates "llamadas") and some emblematic caracthers of this popular event. Kind of... More

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