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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 35 attractions in Petropolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This site is a must to see and understand the imperial brazilian history all the jewelry and furniture, the shop store has some souvenir very affordable, and the coffee shop is a stop that must be done, the cheese bread is simply delicious

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Going through each room, with original furniture and objects makes us take a step in time when going through this museum. It was truly an one of a kind experience and one of the best castles I have been too.Very well preserved as well.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We took a trip to Petropolis as a tour organised from our cruise ship. Found Petropolis as a lovely city worth the visit. Part of the tour was a visit to the Imperial Museum. Found it to be an a very interesting place with a lot of history and exhibits. There was also free wifi available. Definitely worth the visit.

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La Coruna, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This palace where the imperial family spent Summers until 1889, you can learn a little bit about the history of Brazil. Means The Imperial Period.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Petropolis is about 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro and is up in the mountains where it is slightly cooler. The museum is surrounded by gardens but don't compare them to European palace gardens as they are quite plain. Upon entering the museum (palace), we were supplied with shoe-covers to protect their beautiful wooden floors. If you attempt to take... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Teachers, students and people over 65 get a 59% discount. And, if you buy your ticket together with the "Som e Luz" show ticket, you get a 2$ discount. The show happens everyday, 20:00h.

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