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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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Uruguay carnaval is unique

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Justine S
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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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!

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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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 

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New York City, New York
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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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Ballarat, Australia
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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 

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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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 

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Staten Island, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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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 

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ulster county, ny
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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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