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Museum Of The Portuguese Language

Address: Estacao Da Luz (Luz train station) | Praza Da Luz, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Centro Historico)
Phone Number: +55 11 3326-0775
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Ranked #8 of 298 Attractions in Sao Paulo
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Portuguese Language Museum is located in the downtown area of Sao Paulo city inside Luz Train...
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Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Very interesting how a language is explaned in a museum. Interactive and different experience! The museum is not that big and you can enjoy it. Check if any temporary exibition is taking place there, in general, there are very interesting as well. The building where the museum is located is amazing, Estação da Luz. Worth the visit for portuguese spearkers,... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

...To base a museum on! My Portuguese knowledge is very limited, but my love for the language grew with this exposition. The museum is dynamic and interesting, even though my Portuguese shortcomings prevented me from reading the longer descriptions. A very child-friendly museum too! I can highly recommend this museum to any foreign language lover. I would although have appreciated... More 

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Eusebio-CE-Brasil
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15 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The museum have 3 floors, the first floor where have exposições, but when i visited had no exhibition. The second floor explain with vídeo, text and graphics the origin and a historic view from our beautiful language portuguese and on the third floor have a auditorium. The museum is not big but is nice. Near the museum you can visit... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you're a Portuguese speaker this museum will fulfil your curiosity about the history and show you how rich this language really is. Don't forget to watch the movie.

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Calgary, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is an amazing place if you have bilingual kids I have. Or if you want to know more about Portuguese or even it is only interested in get to know new things. There is no English or Spanish translation to the audios or letters. But it is interesting to see and hear the songs and images about Brazil being... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Great musuem in an awesome building but better for native Portuguese speakers I think - my portuguese is ok and I struggled to understand a lot of what was going on especially during the presentation show which you get a ticket too! This is not a bad museum, in fact I imagine it's really good but better for Portuguese speakers!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is an interesting interactive museum, where one can learn about the origins and evolution of Portuguese through screens and totems. You will take at most two hours to see everything. Be warned that the audio-visual presentation is not comprehendible to non-native Portuguese speakers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Portuguese language have their origin in the Latin language , as well as the French, Spanish, Italian, among others. It has original and without translation words. Delicious sounding, this complexity and beauty deserved a interactive museum just for her (female word for us). It was created in the city of São Paulo honoring great and acclaimed writers. The museum... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This is an easy to do museum. The layout is very good. The only downside is that is all in portuguese, but if you speak Spanish and Italian you will understand everything. They present in cronological order the way Portuguese was developed as a language, not only wth words but with pictures and maps. I loved it!

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Feltham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

You need to have a fluent grasp of Portuguese to enjoy this place properly, and mine just wasn't up to it. However, the building is stunning, and I may go back when my language skills have improved.

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