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“A different visit in wonderful Rio!”
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Imperial Museum
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Private Petropolis Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Petropolis
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Owner description: 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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“A different visit in wonderful Rio!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

Visiting the Imperial Museum in Petropolis is a fascinating experience!

Petrópolis is, in fact, a popular summer holiday spot whose main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian Emperor Pedro II, Pedro I’s son. Also known as the Imperial City of Brazil, it is 65 km away from noisy Rio.

You can get there on your own (three buses required) or you can take an organized tour from Rio de Janeiro (85 reales at the time of this review).

The museum has a lot of memorabilia of that period.

The guided tour is simply excellent! You are given especial shoes (slippers) so that the wooden floors don’t get damaged. You can visit most of the places of the Palace and you are shown oddities, such as the Empress’ comb, toothbrush, stockings, sumptuous furniture and jewerly, etc. Costumes are also on display, as well as crowns and other imperial ornaments. There are even presents given to his mistress by the Emperor, all made in pure gold of course!

No pictures are allowed inside the palace. However, do take your camera because you can take pictures in its superb gardens, as well as in other parts of the palace. Don't miss the chariots exhibition or the laboratorios devoted to the conservation of the palace properties outside the building!

It is true that the palace itself is not terribly impressive, not at least compared to European palaces! However, many museums and Palaces in Europe should learn how to organize a visit as the one it is offered in Petropolis! Congratulations to the people in charge!

A must when in Rio! Educational and totally worthwhile!

Tip: If you have the time, spend one or two days in Petropolis. It is a trip to tranquility! I wish I could have stayed!

Visited January 2012
5 Thank Betilu
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“Imperial Museum is a "must see" when visiting Petrópolis.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

Extremely well-organized and educational. I have been back many times.

Visited June 2011
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“Delicious trip to the past!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

One of my favourite Brazilian Museums. It's in excellent shape! Beautiful gardens, sumptuous furniture and jewerly... Don't miss the chariots exhibition outside the building. My favourites: emperor's crown and clothes; royal babies craddles.
There's a cute and reasonably priced coffee shop on the grounds.

1 Thank Lsilva73
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“Imperial Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

A must see. But one cannot take any photos inside. We were there about 1 1/2 hours.

Visited November 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

The museum is very well maintained, there are beautiful furnitures, jewelry, and a delicious garden to enjoy.

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