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Museu da Lingua Portuguesa

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Address: Praca da Luz | Estação da Luz, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 11 3326-0775
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: The Portuguese Language Museum is located in the downtown area of Sao...
The Portuguese Language Museum is located in the downtown area of Sao Paulo city inside Luz Train Station. Luz Train Station is an imposing 1901 English construction. The building shows a surprising mix of the new and ancient. The modern installations of the museum are in complete harmony with the train station's Victorian style of architecture. Currently, the Portuguese Language Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to only one language, in this case it's Portuguese language. Inaugurated in March of 2006, the museum has three main halls; a temporary exhibition, a permanent exhibition hall and an auditorium. In the permanent exhibition hall, you can see the history and the development of the Portuguese language; you can see what it was like in the past and the changes it underwent in Brazil. Other interesting aspects are the cultural expressions and the regional accents. The museum also shows temporary exhibitions dedicated to writers and important subjects related to the Portuguese language.
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Nice place to visit where you can learn in an interacgive way the history of the portuguese language. Please take in consideration that it might not be easy to get a taxi after... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

It has the potential to be a great museographic space, but then, it was on reparations, Maybe in the next visit.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Nice place to visit where you can learn in an interacgive way the history of the portuguese language. Please take in consideration that it might not be easy to get a taxi after the visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

There's not a whole lot to see but I've learned a few things. The facility is modern, clean and has A/C to escape the humidity.

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Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Poetry and love of language tastefully expressed to enlighten even those who speak minimal Portuguese. Worth going in.

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The interactive activities enhance the static and video presentations indicating the beginning of the Portugese language. A great museum full of informative displays. An English translation option would make this museum even better.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It has a very interative exhibition but it's limited and I expected more. But overall it's a beautiful building, with a huge shout out for the tree of Words.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

really nice museum even if you don't speak the language that well. Also, take a student id to get a very nice discount. It's at the Luz station, which makes it very accessible

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Located in a 1901 Build Train station at Praca da Luz. Inside it is a very trendy well designed great museum where adults and kids adventure everything about the Portuguese language and Brasil culture. Kids can push all kind buttons, adults can watch movies, very informative and very well done...For foreigners...it is all in Portuguese but still very much fun... More 

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I have visited this museum twice with different members of my family. I think it is a great way to start Brazilian tourism in Sao Paulo. The museum instills the Brazilian education of tolerance, compassion, and understanding. Unfortunately, this museum is really made for Brazilians, so without a basic understanding of a romance language, you will miss a lot. But... More 

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Recife, PE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I've been to many museums all around the world and when I got there I thought: Holy sh$%! What an amazing museum, and just here in my country! Great for kids, adults... a must go.

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Centro
To truly know São Paulo, you have to start at the old center, full of history and landmarks with stories to tell. Get a taste of local food at the Municipal Market, and if you are brave enough, head to the crowded shopping street “25 de março” for cheap deals on a wide assortment of items. Beautiful buildings in this area include the Post Office Building, Luz Station, Pagé Gallery, Pateo do Colegio and the iconic “Viaduto do Chá”. If you find yourself amazed by the local language, the Museum of Portuguese Language is the place to go. Cultural centers, like Banco do Brasil’s, also offer a variety of entertainment options. Finally, if you fancy watching a Gregorian mass with organ music, stop by São Bento Monastery on a Sunday morning.
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