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Imperial Museum

Rua da Imperatriz, 220 | Centro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-320, Brazil
+55 24 2245-5550
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Ranked #1 of 36 Attractions in Petropolis
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive cultural points of interest near Rio de Janeiro. Located in the town's... more » Owner description: The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive cultural points of interest near Rio de Janeiro. Located in the town's historic center, the museum was once Emperor Pedro II's favorite residence. Today, it is one of the most visited museums in Brazil, with the annual average of 300.000 visitors. The exhibitions tell the Brazilian Empire history through furniture, objects, paintings, sculptures and other historic and artistic pieces that belonged to the imperial family or other people from the 19th century. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

So this is how the original one percent lived back in the day! Given the weather in Rio, where we were staying, it's easy to understand why this was the Emperor's favorite palace.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

I say slide as this is all you can do with the slippers you are expected to put over your outdoor shoes. Also be aware cameras are left at the secure area on entry. This turns out to be a refreshing change from having the things thrust in your face while trying to view the exhibits. Onto the museum itself... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

See life as it was for local royalty in the 1800s. LIttle known outside Petropolis, when you buy a house in town you still pay a 5% tax to these royals ! There is still a prince of Petropolis, they are still here.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I was disappointed when I had to place my camera in a locker at the entrance, but I was very glad to be able to see the Imperial Museum and to learn some great history from our private tour guide, Vicente (Rio Alternative Tours!) We did have to put the flat slippers on over our shoes before we were able... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a self guided tour through the private summer living quarters of Pedro II, the great emperor of Brazil. Besides the crown jewels, there are paintings but also the cradles of the emperors, the bedrooms, bathrooms, guest rooms, study, music rooms, etc. Also don't forget to see the magnificently restored state carriage and other ways of how nobility was... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It took me about 2 hours to explore all the rooms. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside, which is a shame because some of it was quite interesting. You have to wear oversized slippers inside the museum. Surprisingly interesting, the story of the Brazilian emperors and their palace is well worth the trip, very enjoyable.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The museum is fun and family friendly (kids will love shuffling around in the slippers they give you to put over your shoes - people carrying babies and anyone with difficulty walking is exempted). It's not the best palace/history museum, but there is period furniture, some history, and the show stopping crown and scepter. I really enjoyed the carriage house... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This Museum is located in Petropolis, a lovely small town an hour by bus outside of Rio. It is the former Imperial Palace of the Portuguese and Brazilian Royalty. It includes items illustrating the entire history of the royalty of Brazil, in one gorgeous location! You are offered slippers, so as not to injure the delicate hardwood floors. On two... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Imperial Palace is a very manageable visit, with lots of history and artifacts not only about the beginnings of Petropolis, but of Brazil as a whole. The architecture rivals that of other royal European summer houses.

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Windermere, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

i learned way more about the royal family and brazilian history during my visit to this museum than expected. the grounds and rooms are so well maintained that it looks like they left in the middle of the night. make sure you wear flats, as everyone (except for some elderly i saw) must put on slippers over your shoes to... More

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