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Museo del Carnaval

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Address: Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825, No.218, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone Number: (+598 02) 916 5493

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Museum of Carnival

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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23 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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!

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 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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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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Dili, East Timor
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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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Address: Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825, No.218, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone Number: (+598 02) 916 5493
Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo>  > Ciudad Vieja

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