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“Very interesting, but could be better.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museu da Lingua Portuguesa

Museu da Lingua Portuguesa
Praca da Luz | Estação da Luz, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Centro)
+55 11 3326-0775
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Ranked #6 of 537 things to do in Sao Paulo
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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 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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting, but could be better.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My (Brazilian) wife took me here, and I enjoyed it as an English native speakers who learnt Portuguese as an adult. It was nice to see lots of school children there, learning about ther mother tongue, and I found its content very interesting. However the layout could be better, and the content deeper.

Visited November 2012
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“a most interesting museum and a great new way of learning things”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

this is a must in sao paolo. it was a most interesting experience. it is beautifully mounted, well documented and uses the history of language a s a great history lesson all about brasil. one of the most enjoyable museum experiences i have had.a not to be missed experience. it is more like a great installation. do not expect to see lots of paintings, this is not what this museum is about.

Visited July 2013
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“A very interactive experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

A very nice place to go and learn all the "details" of a language. The experience is an interactive and visual one making it very pleasant for people of all ages !

Visited February 2013
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“A history of the portuguese language”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

You should go to the museum if you know portuguese or at least spanish, otherwise it's not recommended, because all the information is in portuguese

Visited September 2013
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“Reino de palavras, where words rule and "rain" down on you.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Very well curated exhibit with famous Brazilians reading poetry that really came alive and gave new meaning to surround-sound Admission was free, it was dynamic, educational and emotive. I wen went too close to closing time (1800) but still went thru the multi-media show twice because it was so good, so juicy. I intend to return and spend more time at the other exhibits. Please tell parents NOT to let their children to play video games on their phones during the shows, even with the sound turned it is a distraction and disrespectful.

Visited September 2013
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