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Palacio Taranco

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Address: Veinticinco de Mayo 379 | Hours: Monday-Friday 1230pm - 730pm, Montevideo 11002, Uruguay
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+598 2915 1101
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This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and...

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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Lovely mansion, great way to experience the old Montevideo

Montevideo is a fascinating city, but hard to visit. It's spread out and many areas are dilapidated. Other areas are downright sketchy. That said, there are many incredible... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 18, 2017
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Virginia
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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Montevideo is a fascinating city, but hard to visit. It's spread out and many areas are dilapidated. Other areas are downright sketchy. That said, there are many incredible historic buildings and it's truly worth the effort to see them. Palacio Taranco is a rare opportunity to see inside one of the mansions occupied by a wealthy European when Montevideo was... More 

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

We had the place to ourselves this day, it felt like visiting some extremely wealthy private house, filled with interesting art, antiques and some outstanding pieces: a Goya, for example. The marble floors are magnificent, so is all the woodwork, and the tapestry on the walls just amazing. And following the generous custom of the Uruguayan government, this museum is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

Very well maintained & quite a pleasant surprise. Days of grandeur. All for free. The staff are so helpful. The Architect must have been exceptional.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Great rainy day activity though the home's beauty is worth visiting on a sunny day as well. Free of charge! This is a beautiful home & wonderfully restored. It doesn't take a long time to get through but is well worth it. Take time to go downstairs and see the Egyptian artifacts.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

I've visited Palaces all over the world, and this didn't disappoint - a lovely example of old world Europe in the heart of Montevideo. If you enjoy this kind of activity - you'll find this one worth the stroll.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

This is one of the few attractions in Montevideo that appealed to us. The city in general was a disappointment. Our guide from the cruise ship was helpful and knowledgeable but this could not make up for the paucity of outstanding things to see in the city. Punta del Este in Uruguay is much more interesting in our opinion. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

I agree with everyone else, this is a gem and such a pleasant afternoon. Take your camera and visit the garden. Don't miss the upper level terrace from the library.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2016

Many interesting period pieces and art works in this converted mansion. The curator has achieved a harmony between the artifacts and the building. Caution: The entrance does not face Plaza Zabala; it is on the other side of the building.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2016

The furnishings and furniture are from the 1800s. The building is beautiful. The collection itself is small.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2016

Well worth a visit, we ambled around the beautiful rooms at our leisure. There was something of interest in every room and it was small enough (almost!) to imagine living there yourself. Delightful. Friendly staff.

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