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Casa do Pontal Museum

Estrada do Pontal, 3295 | Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22785-580, Brazil
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Ranked #102 of 338 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Casa do Pontal is the largest and most important Museum of Folk Art in Brazil. The collection...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Casa do Pontal is the largest and most important Museum of Folk Art in Brazil. The collection contains over 8000 sculptures and models made by approximately 200 folk artists from all over Brazil. Include in the collection are works produced throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The entire collection, the building, the gardens and the exhibit itself were conceived and executed by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque, He is also responsible for amassing the collection in which he invested his own financial resources as well as fifty years of research and travel.The permanent collection contains over 8000 works representative of the different urban and rural cultures of Brazil, 5,000 of which are on display in the Museum's 1500 m2 of galleries. Organized thematically, they reflect every day activities, celebrations and festivals and the real in the fantasy lives of the people. Scattered throughout the galleries are explanatory texts in Portuguese, English and French.

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Hamburg, Germany
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224 reviews 224 reviews
111 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This museum contains a huge collection of folk art statues and figurines, most of them quite small (about 15-20 cm), colourfully decorated, presenting a naive and authentic view of life in all its amazing variety, from birth to death (including a cabinet with what can only be described as pretty lurid three-dimensional porn), various professions, all conceivable kinds of human... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. What you see are a collection of several thousand sculptures, figurines, diorama like vignettes representing some 200 "artists" (everyday craftsmen) from all over Brazil. The scenes and figures are grouped topically with sections devoted to music, or festivals, or meals, or daily life,etc. We were amazed to learn that the collection was assembled by one... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey
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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Casa do Pontal turned out to be an amazing surprise, and quite a cultural experience. Examples of folk artists, under the poorest conditions, finding ways to express their lives in many inventive ways; this collection was definitely worth the trip. We

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Carrboro, NC
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is a museum of traditional Brazilian art. If you are already visiting the area around Recreio to visit Grumari or Prainha or the Sitio Burle Marx, this museum is worth visiting, assuming you have an interest in art. It has a large collection of unique artwork that you generally don't see in other museums. That said, it's probably not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It is worth while to take this trip from center Rio, having the opportunity to experience a part of the rural areas around but not least to enjoy this pearl of art from the brasilian public. A well organized museum - fresh and giving. I also recommend the nice restaurants in the neighbourhood. A good experience and quiet different from... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The casa do pontal has some amazing folkloric art pieces. At first the collection seems quite homogenic, but if you take the time to read the descriptions and dig a little deeper, it is really great and interesting. Also the wooden carvings on 1st floor are quite amazing. The little shop and café is cosy, but could be more varied.... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

At first I really didn't know what to expect considering Casa do Pontal Museum is really off the beaten track. So the experience was a very pleasant surprise where you get a chance to discover quite a fascinating collection of folkloric Brazilian art focusing on clay figurines depicting scenes from the everyday life in the interior of the Northeast. If... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

It is far away from Rio's center, but I think its worth the drive (it's close to Prainha beach, for example). The art reminded me a lot of what I saw in the northeastern states of the country with simple, bold and beautiful shapes and colors. Most of the pieces are hand-made, clay figurines.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Nice museum, recently redone, with marvelous and extensive examples of Brazilian folk art. Might be the only such museum in Brazil. You must have a car or tour bus to get there but worth the trip.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

More than 5000 dolls, statues, models and other miniatures collected during 50 years from (mainly) rural North and Northeast Brazil. The exposition is organized thematically, according to everyday activities, festivals and celebrations, fantasies and religious lives of the people. Throughout the galleries there are more than 100 explanatory texts in English, Portuguese and French; and a dozen animated scenarios. You... More 

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