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Museo del Carnaval

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Address: Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825, No.218, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay
Phone Number: 59829165493
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Wed - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Opened in November 2006 , the Carnival Museum is located in the...

Opened in November 2006 , the Carnival Museum is located in the historic center of the city of Montevideo, opposite the port and next to the main gastronomic center of the country, the Mercado del Puerto . It is part of the Museums of Identity , as through a modern and interactive proposal preserves , exhibits , spreads and valued objects and traditions that are part of the high festival of Uruguay . It is an institution that works to strengthen the social involvement of the festival . Thus goes out , he interacts with the city and reflects their feelings . Timetable: April to December : Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 pm January to March : Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00 pm Group visits for all ages , recording only previously The Museum is closed on 1st and January 6th , May 1st , July 18th , August 25th , 24, 25 and 31 December.

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We didn't manage To get To a carnival museum in Brazil, so after seeing The great displays outside, we decided To take a look. For the price (plus a free expresso) there was not... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

Went to thus museum today and it was free but it was really lack lustre, it could be so much better. There were some nice costumes on display but hidden behind this opaquey curtain so you couldn't see properly. I wouldn't waste time there, there are much better things to see in Montevideo...give this a miss

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We didn't manage To get To a carnival museum in Brazil, so after seeing The great displays outside, we decided To take a look. For the price (plus a free expresso) there was not a lot more To see inside. It was dark And did not have much besides a handful of masks And costumes.

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This museum was located near my hotel. I went there not knowing what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised at what they offered. It was clean and it had a good atmosphere. They had nice lighting that accentuated the costumes. I also liked the fact that there was a café-bar in the end of it. It is not the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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 

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Durham, North Carolina
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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!

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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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 

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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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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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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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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 

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