Casa do Pontal Museum
Casa do Pontal Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Casa do Pontal is the largest and most important Museum of Folk Art in Brazil. The collection contains over 8000 sculptures and models made by approximately 200 folk artists from all over Brazil. Include in the collection are works produced throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The entire collection, the building, the gardens and the exhibit itself were conceived and executed by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque, He is also responsible for amassing the collection in which he invested his own financial resources as well as fifty years of research and travel.The permanent collection contains over 8000 works representative of the different urban and rural cultures of Brazil, 5,000 of which are on display in the Museum's 1500 m2 of galleries. Organized thematically, they reflect every day activities, celebrations and festivals and the real in the fantasy lives of the people. Scattered throughout the galleries are explanatory texts in Portuguese, English and French.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Loved our time here. We had a car and it was about a 40 minute drive from Ipanema, but worth it if you can drive out. The figurines are very cool and there are a bunch of scenes that move on their own and play music. I also learned about many of the African and indigenous religions in Brazil which I really liked.
Written March 1, 2020
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Olivia
Oslo, Norway17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Simply, a MUST see in Rio!

Amazing folcloric sculptures from north east Brazil, all beautifully exhibited. Just enough artifacts and history not to overwhelm the visitor. The road leading to the museum is lush and surrounded by beautiful trees. The location is close to Jacarepagua lake and Barra Shopping.

Lovely museum!
Written March 23, 2024
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Greg W
Kansas City, MO14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
O Museu Casa do Pontal is a must-see for anyone interested in folk art. Check out the museum's website to see its permanent collection and you'll see the unique organization of works that has been effected by the museum - the circle of life, professions, games, the circus, for example - all as seen by folk artists throughout Brazil. The history of the museum is interesting in its own right. The museum is not easy to find and is about 35 km west of Rio. We were fortunate to have contracted a guide to take us there that was associated with the museum. If you're staying in Rio, plan on the trip taking about 6 hours door-to-door (given traffic and the distance). As such, you might want to consider a restaurant or a visit to another site or a beach in that area as part of your excursion. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and the visit encouraged me to both learn more about Brazilian folk artists as well as visit other parts of Brazil.
Written September 12, 2015
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bobbi649
Stamford, CT57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. What you see are a collection of several thousand
sculptures, figurines, diorama like vignettes representing some 200 "artists" (everyday craftsmen) from all over Brazil. The scenes and figures are grouped topically with sections devoted to music, or festivals, or meals, or daily life,etc. We were amazed to learn that the collection was assembled by one man. Some of the most amusing pieces were the mechanical scenes that moved at the touch of a button. Be sure to see the simulated Rio Carnival at the Sambodromo! We came here after a morning visit to the Burle-Marx house and lunch at Grummari point, all of which combined to make a splendid day. We think though, that even just visiting this museum is a worthwhile drive.
Written March 18, 2014
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RioUrbanExploration
Rio de Janeiro, RJ94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Family
The casa do pontal has some amazing folkloric art pieces. At first the collection seems quite homogenic, but if you take the time to read the descriptions and dig a little deeper, it is really great and interesting. Also the wooden carvings on 1st floor are quite amazing.

The little shop and café is cosy, but could be more varied.
Great to combine with Prainha beach, Apricot beach (only nudist beach in Rio), Burle Marx Gardens (sitio Burle Marx) or watching a movie in Recreio Shopping.
Written April 14, 2013
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Denis072
Rio de Janeiro, RJ27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
More than 5000 dolls, statues, models and other miniatures collected during 50 years from (mainly) rural North and Northeast Brazil.

The exposition is organized thematically, according to everyday activities, festivals and celebrations, fantasies and religious lives of the people. Throughout the galleries there are more than 100 explanatory texts in English, Portuguese and French; and a dozen animated scenarios.

You may not want to go there with young/impatient children as you need around 2hrs to fully enjoy the exhibit.
Entrance 10R$ (2011), closes at 5:00 PM
Written September 14, 2011
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mvq2014
Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
It is far away from Rio's center, but I think its worth the drive (it's close to Prainha beach, for example). The art reminded me a lot of what I saw in the northeastern states of the country with simple, bold and beautiful shapes and colors. Most of the pieces are hand-made, clay figurines.
Written December 28, 2014
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Hamburgguy47
Hamburg, Germany264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
This museum contains a huge collection of folk art statues and figurines, most of them quite small (about 15-20 cm), colourfully decorated, presenting a naive and authentic view of life in all its amazing variety, from birth to death (including a cabinet with what can only be described as pretty lurid three-dimensional porn), various professions, all conceivable kinds of human activities. Charming and touching.
Written April 24, 2014
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Tricia H
Rumson, NJ1,538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013
Casa do Pontal turned out to be an amazing surprise, and quite a cultural experience. Examples of folk artists, under the poorest conditions, finding ways to express their lives in many inventive ways; this collection was definitely worth the trip. We
Written January 5, 2014
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Hjalmar A
Reykjanesbaer, Iceland27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
It is worth while to take this trip from center Rio, having the opportunity to experience a part of the rural areas around but not least to enjoy this pearl of art from the brasilian public. A well organized museum - fresh and giving. I also recommend the nice restaurants in the neighbourhood. A good experience and quiet different from the city. It is a different museum in calm surroundings.
Written September 6, 2013
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