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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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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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Elegant glimpse of the past.

The rooms and furniture have been beautifully restored and it often looks like the residents have just left the room. Lovely grounds and walkways and it's nice to sit under the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Innisfil, Canada

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Innisfil, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The rooms and furniture have been beautifully restored and it often looks like the residents have just left the room. Lovely grounds and walkways and it's nice to sit under the trees and get a break from the heat. ** NO hard shoes allowed so you must wear slipper like shoe covers that are impossible to walk normally in so... More 

Thank OntarioTrekker
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to visit. You get a good understanding of Brazil's history and how the royal family lived. Lots of art to look at for art interested people.

Thank Carl S
Turku, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visisted quite manys museums but this was the first where you had to push your shoes into slippery slippers. Be careful with those. That way they get free polishing to the floors. The entrance fee was 10 reals. There were a lot of gloomy paitings like in some many similar places, tableware, furniture, clothes and pieces of jewellery.... More 

Thank Tukano
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the imperial palace of Pedro I, first emperor of Brasil. Most of the furniture are the original. Beautiful landscape in the patio of the palace.

Thank Carmelo S
Dallas, Texas
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326 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The summer home of the "emperor" of Brazil, this is a wonderful piece of history to see. Built in the European style by Germany workers this home is a beautiful representation of the way the family may have lived here. Not as "grand" as many of the palaces of Europe, this was more of a grand home. Our guide filled... More 

Thank fizzy8521
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting Palace! The building is grand but not over the top as some palaces can be. Visitors have to where "paddle like" slippers over their shoes which essentially means you slide around! The exhibits are varied from household items to works of art to Crown Jewels! We would have understood the significance of the items better if all the... More 

Thank Kovit S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to this museum before but not for a long time. It is a good museum, but could have more emphasis on telling the story of the family and the house. I took 4 children with me ages 7 to 13 and although they enjoyed it, it was difficult to answer all their questions about the house and... More 

Thank Danielle R
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't go in the museum, as two tourbusses had just dropped their loads and we didn't want to get caught behind the masses. The buildings are quite nicely preserved and the grounds are good to wander around too.

Thank Stalex24
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Since a child, a long time ago, I used to visit this museum. I love it, but it is a fact that every time I go I find less objects there. People use to say there are ghosts there, but I think it's a human thing!!!

Thank Aniella2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

Spectacular visit of a piece of history we understood a little bit more about emperor in Brasil we did not know nearly nothing about. This helps you understand today reality and how society evolved in Brasil. A must go if in Petropolis.

Thank Luca C

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