We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Casa do Pontal Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Estrada do Pontal, 3295 | Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22785-580, Brazil
Phone Number: 55 21 2490 3278
Website
Improve this listing
Description: The Casa do Pontal is the largest and most important Museum of Folk Art in...
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 57 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Folk art at its best

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2014
Hamburgguy47
,
Hamburg, Germany

Similar Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Add Photo Write a Review

57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
Level Contributor
98 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Hamburg, Germany
Level Contributor
250 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Stamford, Connecticut
Level Contributor
44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Middletown, New Jersey
Level Contributor
98 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Carrboro, NC
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Keflavik
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level Contributor
60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level Contributor
149 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level Contributor
23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level Contributor
16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Casa do Pontal Museum also viewed

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
 

Been to Casa do Pontal Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Casa do Pontal Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?