Memorial JK

Memorial JK, Brasilia

Memorial JK
4.5
Monuments & Statues • History Museums
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Many visit the site of President Kubitschek’s memorial, featuring a tastefully inscribed plaque in honor of the beloved leader.
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1-2 hours
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
Really "a lot more" than a memorial :)
Feb 2019
With enlarged photos & various memorabilia items on "two floors", to see in this building is quite a "thorough coverage" of the life of the 21st president of Brazil who was also the founder of this capital city: from his childhood days in Belo Horizonte to his days as a medical student (when he also worked as a telephone operator) to his presidential campaign in the 1950's (for which besides the photos is also a small model of the plane that took him to his campaign stops) to his time of presidency (when he met with such well-known leaders as the American presidents Eisenhower & Kennedy and also Fidel Castro of Cuba) to the time of exile in the 1960's (when I suppose he lived in Paris as seen in the photo of him standing in front of the Eiffel Tower); and also great apart from those numerous large photos & pieces of memorabilia is something much larger which is his "office replica" (on the back side of the first floor); and also be sure not to miss (on the second floor) some of the clothes of him & his wife's (who as the sign says was a "fashionable lady" during her time as the First Lady).

And yes, apart from a great deal to see inside, right outside the building are: a "meticulously-maintained" lawn which goes all around the building, reflecting pools both on the front side & the back side of the grounds (right outside the building), a column with his statue on top on the front side, a "couple statue" of him & his wife on the lawn on the front side, and some big soccer balls made of metal or such (but not solid-faced and instead with big openings on their faces) also on that spacious front lawn.

It was really at the end of the "long day" starting with the TV Tower (closed for renovation at the time so only to see from below) followed by just about a 10-minute walk to Museu Nacional (with scant "modern art" displays seen inside and so where really the exterior of a "big dome" is pretty much all there was to see) & just nearby Catedral Metropolitana (a modern-designed one with a "big & beautiful" ceiling inside) followed by about a 20-minute walk to Caixa Cultural Center (with mostly paintings on display of temporary nature but pretty nice to see an "exhibit of doors" in one room) followed by a short taxi ride to Santuario Dom Bosco (with a "stunning blue" interior for some nice general pics although with nothing elaborate apart from those beautiful sides) followed by another short taxi ride to this site where I initially thought it would be just a quick visit for a memorial shrine or such but which just turned out to be a lot more (a nice "memorial museum" to learn about the life of a great man!).
Written November 30, 2019
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Petr G
Prague, Czech Republic39 contributions
History of Brasília
Feb 2019
The JK, unique structure of the building, with all the spaces and history about Districto Federal and JK.
Written November 13, 2019
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Cecília
Brasilia, DF11 contributions
A place to visit in Brasília
Oct 2019
This part of Brazilian history of the XX century is very interesting to be seen!
JK was the president who idealizate the new capital!
Many documents, pictures and even clothes from the JK president are there.
Written October 11, 2019
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Christian D
Brasilia, DF61 contributions
Wonderful experience on how the new Brazilian Capital was born !
Aug 2019
This is a wonderful memorial built by Sarah Kubitscheck after former president Jucelino Kubitscheck died in a car accident, a few years after he had built the new Country Capital of Brasilia. Yes, they say JK did 50 years in 5, when he delivered the new capital in 1960. You can experience JK personal library and Sarahs office while building this memorial for her husband.
Written September 4, 2019
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G J W
Ann Arbor, MI72 contributions
An unexpected highlight of Brasilia
May 2019 • Solo
The Memorial JK is a great introduction to Brasilia, it's earliest days and the building boom of the late fifties that created the city. It also provides insight to JK and his personal history and his place in the history of the country.
Written May 13, 2019
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Sallymay
Paris, France15 contributions
Building Brasilia
Mar 2019 • Friends
Well worth a visit to gain a very interesting insight into the planning and creation of this remarkable city.
Written March 31, 2019
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,411 contributions
to the founder of Brasilia
Mar 2018 • Solo
One of the most interesting sights in a city full of architectural wonders is the Memorial JK. I took a taxi to get here from the hotel area and then went for a long walk back, past several other interesting places.

Considered as the president, who achieved the most of all for his country, Joscelino Kubitschek (often just known as 'JK') is also seen by many as the 'father of modern Brazil'. Not the least he stands behind the foundation of the new capital, Brasilia.

Trained as a medical doctor this man from Minas Gerais, who as his family name betrays is a descendant - from his mother's side - of Czech immigrants, very soon started a successful political career. After he was killed at a car accident in 1976 soon later a mausoleum-memorial was built in his honour - with Oscar Niemeyer as the architect.

Besides the tomb in a crypt with special light effect can be seen rooms with various personal items of his and of his wife Sarah like furniture, books, dresses, letters and many photos showing him with people like JFK, Marlon Brando, Fidel Castro, André Malraux and many many others. It all gives an insight into the man's life and also of his period in general.
Written September 1, 2018
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Peter E
Adligenswil, Switzerland181 contributions
Nice memorial
Aug 2018 • Friends
Very nice summary of the history of building Brasilia under JK. His lifestory is increadible, the pictures in the musrum very well placed and explaining the background of it. Peaceful memorial site.
Written August 20, 2018
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eaglehaslanded
Boston, MA168 contributions
Fantastic building
Aug 2018 • Friends
Not every building by Niemayer was an unqualified success. This one is. Clearly a labor of love, it's a pleasure to visit.

Sit in its cafe and enjoy an overly sweet cinnamon and chocolate cappuccino, then take a walk around and learn about the incredible project that was the making of this city.
Written August 12, 2018
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DrCDB
Chile315 contributions
JK Memorial and Museum
Jul 2018 • Business
The history of how Brasilia was created and of his creator is very interesting so it was worthwhile to give the museum a couple of minutes.
Written July 29, 2018
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