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Imperial Museum

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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Ranked #1 of 34 Attractions in Petropolis
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive cultural points of...
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Type: History Museums, 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 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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Göteborg, Sweden
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Down-town Petrópolis. Beautiful rooms and interesting artefacts. Pity you cannot take photos, but we bought a reasonably priced booklet in the giftshop at the end of our visit to have some nice pics for our photo album. Children, aged 10 and 13, found it quite interesting. The adults enjoyed it more.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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198 attraction reviews
4,268 helpful votes 4,268 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Part of the history of the reign of King Pedro II is contained in this museum. Before the emperor's residence, there are many works and details of the time customs as too broad and too structured imposing and with many meanings. Part of the history of Brasil is contained in the collection of this museum.

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a must see in Petropolis. It has been kept in stellar condition. A visit to this museum a lone will give you a brief course in Brazilian history. The night water show is also great, if available.

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California
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1,021 attraction reviews
398 helpful votes 398 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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30 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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58 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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