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Imperial Museum

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Address: Rua da Imperatriz, 220 | Centro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-320, Brazil
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+55 24 2245-5550

The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive...

The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive cultural points of interest near Rio de Janeiro. Located in the town's historic center, the museum was once Emperor Pedro II's favorite residence. Today, it is one of the most visited museums in Brazil, with the annual average of 300.000 visitors. The exhibitions tell the Brazilian Empire history through furniture, objects, paintings, sculptures and other historic and artistic pieces that belonged to the imperial family or other people from the 19th century.

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The Summer Home of the Emperor of Brazil

A tour of this museum enables you to look at the way the Brazilian emperor and his family lived in the 19th century. This was the summer home, about an hour from Rio, in the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A tour of this museum enables you to look at the way the Brazilian emperor and his family lived in the 19th century. This was the summer home, about an hour from Rio, in the cooler mountains.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The home of the Emperor of Brasil (Dom Pedro ll) Beautifully preserved and full of furniture etc from the time the Portuguese ruled Brasil. It is not just an empty building but filled with items from their reign. English explanations provided. You get to polish the floor as well! Fantastic value for 10 Reals (2017)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has artifacts and pieces from the Imperial Era of Brazil. It is a walk through history up until the end of Imperial Brazil. Beautiful gardens surround the museum and a cafe is available for a sip of water or coffee. They require visitors to wear slippers that they provide at the entrance (some exceptions are made for elderly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lovely Palace is built to a smaller scale than most of the grand palaces of Europe. Built as a home rather than a show piece it has rooms on display as they might have been when the king lived here. Its easy to imagine the royal family walking down the corridors to their rooms. Very well kept with some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Quite interesting if you are a passionate about history of Brazil Royalty, but please do not compare to Versailles or Sissi's Schonbrun Palace....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The museum was really interesting and provided a great glimpse into how the imperial family lived BUT...you have to put on a pair of oversized slippers over your shoes and slide around on the floors. It seems they should be able to find a better way of preserving the floors rather than sending everyone ice skating.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

When you enter the museum, you are given these oversized slippers which are next to impossible to keep on, the only way I found to do that was act as if you are skating. The museum is Ok but I have seen more interesting stately homes in the UK, ironically, all the staff just wear regular outdoor shoes.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

This is the elegant summer palace for the Portuguese, and then the Brazilian monarchy, where they wen to escape the heat of Rio. The furnishings are quite elegant but the museum does not give the visitor a sense of how the royalty lived and what their daily lives were like. Disappointing, but still worth a visit to see the rooms

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

I think that this is the best place to visit when visiting Petropolis. You can see how the Brazilian royal family lived in ancient times.

Thank Juliana L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

NIce place for all kinds of tourists. A nice display of important moments of Brasil´s history. Very well presented, with digital information and signs in Spanish and English. Available for handicaped inside. Beautiful building and gardens outside.

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