Museo de Artes Decorativas
Museo de Artes Decorativas
4.5
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Monday
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks, paintings and more.
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This beautiful early 20th century palace, reminiscent of Versailles, now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks, paintings, and the most amazing colorfully-painted pianos imaginable. It looked like a baroque palace with lovely intricate plasterwork, beautiful wood floors, and hand-loomed rugs. It is truly a hidden gem—and entrance is free! All of the rooms—upstairs and down—were beautifully decorated and looked like a place that someone of great wealth had really lived. It even displayed family photographs and other personal items of the original owners. This was my favorite site in all of Montevideo. Don’t miss it!
Written March 8, 2020
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This palace is a historic home that's been converted to a museum with period furniture. It is located on a plaza near our hotel, so we took the opportunity to visit. Admission is free, although hours are limited (12:30 to 5:30 weekdays only when we were there). The timing worked out for us and we enjoyed our visit.

There was no tour, so we just enjoyed wandering around the rooms, looking at the architecture, colors, and furnishings. We only had about 20 minutes before they closed, but that was long enough to at least walk through the entire house and to stop in a few rooms that intrigued us for a little longer. The exterior facade is also quite pretty, and the landscaping is well kept.
Written April 2, 2024
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,275 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is the home of a wealthy 1910 merchant. It is interesting architecture on the inside, now filled with museum art and artifacts. Free admission but otherwise would be skippable. Minimal English brochure offered. Open 12:30-5:30 pm. Closed on Saturdays
Written March 30, 2020
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Elizabeth_B_101
Los Angeles, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This house sends you back to the early 20th century, when Montevideo was a wealthy, bustling city. The Palacio has most of the original furnishings and decorations, and it feels much more like a house than a museum. I especially liked the amazing art nouveau glass throughout the house. Plus, when we went it was free!

The interpretive information is in Spanish only, but pretty easy to understand if you are familiar with architectural and decorative arts terms.

No photography is allowed in the house, but you can take pics in the garden.
Written October 25, 2010
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Efrin_Knight
Miami, FL205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Solo
Dating from the end of the nineteenth century, this square is named after Mauricio de ZABALA (1682 – 1736). Born in a place called Zabala in the outskirts of Durango in Vizcaya, Spain, he was named “Capitán general del Río de la Plata” in 1717 and, ten years later, he built a fort in 1727 in order to defend the area from Portuguese attacks.

This fort, demolished in 1878, is the origin of the city of Montevideo, capital of Uruguay.

A dozen years after the demolition, “Plaza Zabala” was built where this fort was standing in the memory of the founder of this great city.

When you visit this charming place, it will remind you of many French neighborhood small parks enclosed by small iron fences. This is because it was designed by a French architect, Eduardo André. You will see in the center of it a statue of Mauricio de Zabala on his horse, work of Spanish sculptor Lorenzo Cullaut Valera, inaugurated in December 1931.

The streets surrounding this square are called “Circunvalación Durango” in memory of the Spanish city next to which the Spanish military was born.
Written April 6, 2012
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judrich
Santiago, Chile43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
Tues-Sat 10am-6pm

This beautiful palace is now arts museum, the Taranco Palace was built in the early 20th century and represents the trend toward French architecture during that period. The museum displays an assortment of Uruguayan furniture, draperies, clocks, paintings, and other cultural Works. The display if clocks is amazing.
Written July 1, 2014
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Dickd1946
Charleston, SC1,221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
A beautiful building from yesterday housing wonderful and true to the period furnishings and artifacts. From the fresco to the art and the furniture and wall and ceiling decor it takes you back to another time. Too bad these wasn't a time machine.
Written September 28, 2014
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Jamesfam1
Paris, France76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We came here on a summer's rainy afternoon. The staff was very welcoming, and the visit was free. We enjoyed seeing the period furnishings and paintings. A nice glimpse into Urugyuan history.
Written January 21, 2014
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Wallbanger2
Morley, Australia44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
My wife and I had been here 3 years before and they told us we couldn't take photos then so this time I emailed them and they now allow photos without flash. I took my camera and took lots of photos as this home is an excellent example of its era. There is furniture which is extremely representative of life in Montevideo in earlier years. Some of the detail on the items on display was absolutely beautiful. The apinted grand pianos, marble objects inlaid cabinets and tapestries. The marble fireplaces, wall coverings, light fittings and leadlight windows were all a joy to behold. We visited the Ancient articles from Rome and Greece in the basement and many of these were excellent examples of their era. There were even some earlier pieces of pottery from China. We have been to many museums all over the world and these examples were worth the hour alone that we spent looking at them. The nearby parkland and the outside yard were shady and a joy to sit in. It was free entry. They have hung a few paintings of local artists throughout the rooms and this helped vary the decor as a bedroom is a bedroom.
Written December 29, 2013
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KarenfromChicago
Lakewood Ranch, FL144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
Palacio Taranco is a lovely old building that offers a sense of what it would have been like to live here many years ago. The museum is free. The 1st and 2nd floors of the house are partially furnished and grandiose. For some reason, there is old Italian pottery in the remodeled basement museum.
The Palacio faces the lovely Plaza Zabala, where I can hear the parrots in the trees but never see them.
Just down the street from the Palacio, facing the Plaza is Valentino's, a cafeteria type restaurant that offers 4 or so daily specials, all around $200p. Finally, a reasonably priced restaurant in Montevideo!
Written January 22, 2013
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