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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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A must visit in Petropolis, a must visit when in Rio

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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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Santo Andre, SP
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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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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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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Adelaide, Australia
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

A great way to learn about brazilian history during the imperial ages. It well kept and verry informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Any visit to Brazil would be incomplete w/o visiting Petropolis and this museum and the memorabilia to its "imperial" past, whatever this might mean. The architecture and the interior resemble many other similar mementos of past grandeur all over the world, somewhat surprising to find it als in Brazil, the state of preservation is decent, could use some restoration, the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Probably the highlight of Petropolis other than the surrounding forest, definitely worth a visit. The tour seems a bit backwards though - I thought they should run from the oldest history towards more recent history but they do the opposite. Most exhibits have English translations but some of the smaller items don't.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The museum is great but the coffee shop is a real highlight. It's not a rip off at all. Fresh chai tea is possible here. Great breakfast too. Do not miss this spot!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This palace and museum are well maintained and beautifully presented. We went through the palace with a private guide, Luis Darin, who knew everything in the house. This augmented our enjoyment and understanding tremendously. One can go through the house on their own but the fuller context would be hard to understand. The attraction offers history, life style of the... More 

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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
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Petropolis>  > City Center

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