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Palacio Taranco

Calle 25 de Mayo 379, Montevideo, Uruguay (Ciudad Vieja)
02/915-1101
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Ranked #16 of 92 Attractions in Montevideo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks,... more » Owner description: This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks, paintings and more. « less
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Charleston, South Carolina
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181 reviews 181 reviews
150 attraction reviews
524 helpful votes 524 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

A beautiful building from yesterday housing wonderful and true to the period furnishings and artifacts. From the fresco to the art and the furniture and wall and ceiling decor it takes you back to another time. Too bad these wasn't a time machine.

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Santiago, Chile
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132 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I took some of my favourite photos from my trip to Uruguay in this house. You can get a glimpse into what life was like from a bygone era. Presently, the building houses the Museum of Decorative Arts. Highlights include the ballroom, staircase, piano and garden. Highly recommend visiting if you like older homes and architecture. Admission: Free.

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Santiago, Chile
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Tues-Sat 10am-6pm This beautiful palace is now arts museum, the Taranco Palace was built in the early 20th century and represents the trend toward French architecture during that period. The museum displays an assortment of Uruguayan furniture, draperies, clocks, paintings, and other cultural Works. The display if clocks is amazing.

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Brooklyn, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Wonderful palace. It ia pity that it has not been well maintained. Uruguay does not respect the old buildings in its capital city.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We came here on a summer's rainy afternoon. The staff was very welcoming, and the visit was free. We enjoyed seeing the period furnishings and paintings. A nice glimpse into Urugyuan history.

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Perth
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

My wife and I had been here 3 years before and they told us we couldn't take photos then so this time I emailed them and they now allow photos without flash. I took my camera and took lots of photos as this home is an excellent example of its era. There is furniture which is extremely representative of life... More

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London, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was in the neighbourhood and a local had suggested a visit. It doesn't take long to wander through the rooms, some laid out as they had been lived in. Again, this isn't Paris or Florence, but there seems to be a good range of 19th century Uruguayan artists and the scenes were evocative of an olden time of rustic... More

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Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
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178 reviews 178 reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Palacio Taranco is the grand ancestral home of the Taranco family, now a public museum of just about whatever they could get their hands on. It is located in a charming square, Plaza Zabala, tucked away in the Old City. As with most museums in Uruguay, the exhibits are simply irrelevant. It is the lovely building and its location that... More

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Toronto, On
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248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Beautiful old house in La Ciudad Vieja. Must have been really amazing in its day, but needs some TLC for restorations. Free entry, but might be better to charge a fee to help with the cost of maintaining it.

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Palacio Taranco is a lovely old building that offers a sense of what it would have been like to live here many years ago. The museum is free. The 1st and 2nd floors of the house are partially furnished and grandiose. For some reason, there is old Italian pottery in the remodeled basement museum. The Palacio faces the lovely Plaza... More

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