History Museums in Rio de Janeiro

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History Museums in Rio de Janeiro

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  • Arran E
    31 contributions
    Brilliant historical military venue for all to enjoy. Its a working fort also so the Brazilian Armed Forces, guard, train and work within. Free entry too with great views of copacabana beach too
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • Jake
    Minneapolis, MN125 contributions
    I had a perception in my mind of the history of Brazil being rather ruthless. This exhibit did not make me feel that way. It made me feel like it was definitely the perspective of the Portuguese. I wanted to learn more about the truth and brutality of the African slave trade and the wars the with indigenous people. This exhibit seemed to focus more on the Portuguese. I don't think that is a bad thing but just wanted a more holistic approach to their history. I am a history nerd and I studied Brazilian history online almost every night while in Rio. This exhibit left me almost with more questions than answers, and I found that the stuff online was almost better than this exhibit.
    Written March 20, 2020
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  • Charlotte M
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ49 contributions
    Though the museum/ palace is a little run down, it is still an important tourist destination. It is cheap entrance or you can go on the free day, check the website for updated info (things always change). The most interesting parts is the giant painting called "A Pátria" that represents the beginnings of Brazil as a republic. At the top of the palace you can enter the room where Presidente Getúlio Vargas committed suicide and even see the pajamas on display in a glass cabinet. Therefore, not the most glamorous museum, but certainly an important one for history buffs.
    Written May 5, 2018
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  • Cbertoni
    Brasilia, DF145 contributions
    Both the Copacabana Palace hotel and this private residente were designed by the same French achitect. The Guinle house has been beatufully restored and is not used as an artistic venue for concerts and exhibitions.
    Written November 16, 2018
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  • trueblue101357
    New York City, NY48 contributions
    I stumbled upon this gem when I was doing research on museums dedicated to the Africans who were viciously and violently brought to brazil against their well. Given that you cannot fully understand Brazilian history without understanding their long history with slavery, I thought there would be numerous museums dedicated to this subject. However, as I started to plan my itinerary, I realized that I was sorely mistaken. It wasn't until an hour into my research did I find this gem. The IPN Museum tells the often forgotten story of slavery....a story that the government would most want to forget.
    It starts with an informational video that cannot be missed and then a tour of the mass graves of the slaves who were not given the decency of a proper resting place. 
    At the end, I asked the woman who showed us in about the homeowners' who selflessly donated the home upon discovering the graves and it turned out that she was their daughter! Through my tears, I thanked her for the important work they are doing. It really affirmed my belief that one person (or one family in this case) can make a difference.
    From what I understand, they do not get government funding and lack the resources to market the museum to a mass audience. They rely on word of mouth so please tell everyone you know to visit AND then write a review on google and/or tripadvisor. No matter your race, nationality or heritage, this museum should not be missed. 
    Written December 13, 2019
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  • Escape-overseas
    Stevenage, UK1,755 contributions
    The memorial stands in disrepair, with no water in the base of the structure. However the exhibition in the underground theatre provides an interesting feature on the life of the man who gave his life to support the poorer people of Brazil, raising their stand of living at the expenses of big business who sought to exploit the masses. Presented in Portuguese and also in English, illustrated with photographs of the time, it provides an insight into the history of Brazil which I found most interesting.
    Written December 13, 2018
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  • Ashwin K
    Bengaluru, India4 contributions
    It's one out of the world experience!! All groups have a theme mostly to do with nature or cultures of other nations. Dancers have amazingly chiseled bodies. Never miss an opportunity

    Sambadrome is well designed to give everybody a good view of the procession. Nevertheless, go early to occupy a front row of the first floor to get the best. No reserved seats there. Ground floor won't give you a full stomach view of the caravans and group dances. Food only non veg beef or pork
    Written October 6, 2018
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  • Gabriella L
    Rio De Janeiro54 contributions
    Nice museum, full of History in each wall. Most of the building is original and preserved from the before we turn into a republic. The best of it is the restaurant The Line, I sure recommend a Feijoada on a friday there!!!
    Written October 15, 2015
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