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Museu da Republica

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Neighborhood: Catete
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Address: Rua do Catete, 153, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22220-000, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 21 2127 0324

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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Lovely museum, former Presidential Palace

This lovely Colonial house, once owned by wealthy colonial Portuguese family was used until 1960 as the Presidential home, when Rio de Janiero was Brazil´s capital. House used by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 14, 2016
Robert M
Montevideo, Uruguay
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Trinidad, West Indies
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our last day in Rio, my sister and I decided to visit this museum. We visited on May 18th. Its not a very big museum so you can go through it in less than 2 hours, especially if you don't speak Portuguese because most of the info for the displays is in Portuguese. I do wish there was more information... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some staff (especially the ones stationed at the bag/locker room) didn't seem happy wit their job and came off as grumpy employees that didn't care if people visited the museum. Very little English descriptions for the exhibits so brush up on your Portuguese. Only highlight was visiting the top floor where the exhibit the bedroom, clothes and gun of a... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This lovely Colonial house, once owned by wealthy colonial Portuguese family was used until 1960 as the Presidential home, when Rio de Janiero was Brazil´s capital. House used by President Getulio Vargas who committed suicide on 23 rd August 1954 after a social demonstration

Thank Robert M
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Don’t bother. Hardly any English written on the exhibits and it was confusing where to go with all the different floors and hallways. You kind of felt like confused cattle being ushered by annoyed/bored looking staff at every corner you turn to because there were no specific signs or arrows on where to go next. Worst of all was the... More 

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Sao Luis, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

MUSEU da Republica was the president house when the capital was in Rio de Janeiro. You can take the subway up to GLORIA station.

Thank MauricioE803
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

I went there in 2013.This museum is very important for the history of Brazil.You can learn about the period of the President Getúlio Vargas.This building conserved all the structure of this period.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

The building is interesting enough - a period building, with rooms with original furnishings, impressive painted ceilings and decorations etc. We went on a Sunday and it was free to get in, which was a bonus. The garden behind is lovely too. The main rooms had some info in English, but the other exhibitions downstairs were only in Portuguese. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

This is a relatively small but extremely interesting building loaded with visual treats and historical significance. It doesn't take long to go through but is worth the time. It would be great if there were English explanations, but even without them, many of the more significant things are pretty self-explanatory. The gardens behind the palace were great for a brief... More 

Thank Steven H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Do not expect a museum, rather enter in the luxury house of the dominant Brasilian class of those times. Decoration, from floors to ceilings, has a decandent European appeal, nothing seriously developed in Brazil by local artist. It happens that this small palace become the Presidential palace for a numeber of decades, and a very famous populist president committed suicide... More 

Thank Giovanni L
London, UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Went here following a recommendation from a tour guide. I don't like being negative but I have serious misgivings about this place that the management may like to address. Firstly, it costs just R6 to get in. This is very reasonable but don't expect a ticket or a receipt. Does the money make it to the till? No way of... More 

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