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“A Piece of Brazilian History”
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Imperial Museum
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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including...
Ranked #2 of 88 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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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is a must see in Petropolis, a little piece of Brazilian history, it's wonderful past. When you come in through those incredible doors you exchange your shoes for some "pantufas" so you don't scratch the floors. Some people wear them over their shoes. Then you are taken on a guided tour of one of the most beautiful palaces in the world. Definitely worth a visit.

3  Thank Camila M
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Dont loose your time. Nothing really interesting besides old dirty furniture and jewelry. They make you wear some awfull dirty flip flops that seems never had been washed... Cant they just install a carpet on the floor? Overall is not worth it.

3  Thank Kema00
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

Closed on Mondays.

The visit consists of the Main Museum building, the train/carriages garage and the garden grounds.

Can be done in an hour.

Felt slippers are provided for the main musuem building.
No Photography. Bags to be deposited at the cloak room.

Note the Crown, and the gold feather-shaped pen used to sign the 'Lei Aurea', freeing Brazil's reamining slaves in 1888.

One observation. Either the paintings were bad or the royal family is very 'challenged' in the 'Looks' department.

1  Thank weechuan
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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!

5  Thank Betty P
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

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

1  Thank 7,727
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