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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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An important facet of Brazilian History

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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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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Milton, Georgia
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The Imperial Museum, in Petrópolis, is a must. Just like any other attraction in this old fashioned city. Everything in Petrópolis remind us of the good old times. There were no cars, just horses and carriages. The Imperial Museum shows us how the Portugal Brazilian Royal Family used to live, their clothes and costumes, their jewelry, their magnificent silverware and... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Nice summer house of the former Brazilian Emperor Pedro II and his wife Teresa. All adorned in rose and surrounded by a gracious garden. This small palace is the must to see in Petropolis.

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Göteborg, Sweden
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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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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
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

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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