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Museu da Republica

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Address: Rua do Catete, 153, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22210-010, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 (21) 2127-0324
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Transformed from palace to presidential residence in 1889 with the...

Transformed from palace to presidential residence in 1889 with the overthrow of the monarchy, this granite and marble building has striking floors and ceilings and houses a museum with presidential memorabilia, furniture and art.

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History of Brasil in the mid 50's

If you like history, this place will take you to a difficult time when democracy was overridden by the military. It was a beautiful palace converted into the president's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like history, this place will take you to a difficult time when democracy was overridden by the military. It was a beautiful palace converted into the president's residence. Here, President Vargas killed himself rather than allowing the military to depose him. In the 60's, when the capital was moved to Brasilia, the palace was converted to a museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum and the garden have a main place in Brazilian history. From Empire to the Republic you may find furniture, ornaments, traditions and values of Brazilian elites. The building is an old palace and was the presidential office in the past. Good location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This beautiful palace has been lovingly restored with much of the original furniture still in place. The rooms really do have the wow factor, especially the grand staircase and some of the fantastic painted ceilings. Added to this is the lovely park behind that used to be the palace gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is a 3 story fairly small palace in Rio. Entrance id free of charge of Tuesday and Sunday. Around R$6 on other days. garden entrance is free of charge. 1 hour is enough to visit the palace and the metro station (Catete stop), leaves you just in front of the palace. You can get the metro from Copacabana area... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The Museu was just a walk away from our accommodation, Hotel Regina on R. Ferreira Viana. On the day we went, entry was free. Excellently preserved former president home including the hall where the president conducted meeting with this ministers. The family rooms have splendid decor on the walls and ceiling which show the opulence that the state room held... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

One of the city’s less-visited museums, the Museo da Republica drew my interest when I realized the National History museum stopped at the beginning of the Republic. Viewing this as a natural segue into Brazil’s post-monarchical past I visited on a rainy afternoon, carefully walking down from Santa Theresa on the slippery incline. The museum itself is situated in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great option if you're up to historical tourism. It is the place where all the main decisions in Brazilian Republic were taken until 1960, when the capital moved to Brasilia. In this building, the most remarkable Brazilian president, Getulio Vargas, committed suicide. The building is beautiful, the gardens are astonishing, the furniture (most of it brought from France) is really... More 

Thank Jose Augusto C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The third floor, which contains the bedroom in which President Vargas committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest (his pajamas with the bullet hole and blood stain are on display on the second floor) is currently under renovation and closed to the public. Nonetheless, the home and the grounds in Catete are an interesting place to visit and it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Museum is lovely but unfortunately as much can´t be said for the facilities which , typical of the city are generally not clean. There are now , no restaurants , although there used to be several in the past. This place has gone downhil, but the gardens are pretty and peaceful and the cinema is small and has good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love Rio de Janeiro. It is indeed the marvelous City. The Windsor Flamengo Hotel is a Great place to stay!

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