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Imperial Museum

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Address: Rua da Imperatriz, 220 | Centro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-320, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 24 2245-5550
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Description: The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive...
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.
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very nice afternoon

beautifully preserved, more information would have been good. If i recall the informational placards were in both english and portugese

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

beautifully preserved, more information would have been good. If i recall the informational placards were in both english and portugese

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We visited Petropolis last weekend and saw horrible carriages in front of the museum. The horses are very thin and they are tired and some of them hurt. They proposed this kind of "touristic attraction" but we think this is a shameful tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Our tour of the Museum was great --- helpful staff --- plus most signs included an English translation. We traveled to Petropolis from Rio especially to see this museum and it did not disappoint. Worth the drive!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I was very surprised as to what a great museum the Imperial Museum is. This is the absolutely the best museum in Brazil that I have visited. I knew that Brazil had a king for a few years, but put a reality to the royal years. The museum / palace is small compared to European royal residences, but the quality... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Even thou it was a bit crowded, the historic value is a must see if you decide to drive a lot and get away from the city of Rio. Kept in prime condition, the tours and history is well presented. Beautiful architecture, home of the King of Portugalwhen in Brasil , before the independance. Petropolis is stunning.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The location is gorgeous. The palace is pretty, and I'm sure the rooms are too. But... 1) It was VERY crowded, there's a walking route you are to follow and the mass of people kinda forces you to walk along quickly so you feel rushed. 2) You are not allowed to take ANY photos inside, and the "shop" has a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Imperial Museum is the true gem of Petropolis. It is a palace reminiscent of Portuguese or Habsburg palaces in Europe. One must wear cushioned slippers in order not to damage the wooden floors. The individual rooms are designed beautifully and the history of Brazil, including the story of its independence from Portugal and the termination of slavery, is related... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The visit to the imperial museum is crowded and claustrophobic, After 10 minutes visiting the museum I lefted because it was impossible to see anything. I could not determine when it was the best time to visit it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Imperial Museum was the somewhat logical first stop on my day in Petropolis. I toured with a guide who also functioned as my driver as the attraction lies over an hour from Rio proper. Admission was very reasonable, I think 8 reals if memory serves correct. After paying we were given soft “sliding-slippers” to use so our shoes wouldn’t... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

It was the main attraction of our tour to Petropolis. When we arrived at the museum, there was a very long queue of those who were waiting to enter the museum. So we joined them and stood under the bright sun for 40 minutes until we could enter the museum. As soon as we entered, each of us was supplied... More 

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