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Review of Museu da Lingua Portuguesa - CLOSED

Museu da Lingua Portuguesa
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Portuguese Language Museum is located in the downtown area of Sao Paulo city inside Luz Train Station. Luz Train Station is an imposing 1901 English construction. The building shows a surprising mix of the new and ancient. The modern installations of the museum are in complete harmony with the train station's Victorian style of architecture. Currently, the Portuguese Language Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to only one language, in this case it's Portuguese language. Inaugurated in March of 2006, the museum has three main halls; a temporary exhibition, a permanent exhibition hall and an auditorium. In the permanent exhibition hall, you can see the history and the development of the Portuguese language; you can see what it was like in the past and the changes it underwent in Brazil. Other interesting aspects are the cultural expressions and the regional accents. The museum also shows temporary exhibitions dedicated to writers and important subjects related to the Portuguese language.
Reviewed January 11, 2013

Nice place to visit, from school age kids to any and every adult. A wonderful explanation of Portuguese language origin and evolution, as well as the influence of other cultures into Brazilian-Portuguese. Exhibitions, live and video presentations complete the tour.

1  Thank GersonP
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

This museum is very nice, specially for that ones that would like to understand a bit more about Brazilian culture. You can listen to the different accents all over Brazil regions, see videos, participate on interacting exhibitions. Really recommend.

Thank Pri_Dres
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Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

It's quite a temple where the portuguese here spoken is carved on the walls and whispered all the way trough the museum. It really shows how the language is alive and, in Brazil, it mixed with so many other cultures it turned out to be a very different new language.
So, if you go there, you will have this kind of experience, so don't even expect to see the things in English (it would be like going into a Vatican church and see Bible passages writen in arab, or otherwise).
As my girlfriend is from the northeastern part of Brazil and I'm from São Paulo, there are some regional difference in the language and the museum explored it so well it was just amazing!
It would be a flaw to forget to say about the seasonal expositions, where the life and work of a specific writer or poet is shown. I went at the Fernando Pessoa exposition and it was wonderful! I believe these last months this place is under repairs...
And yes, it's a 3 hours max trip and I suggest to go by Metrô (subway) to take a look inside Luz station and, after the MLP to go visit the Pinacoteca, eating a nice pasta at its café.

1  Thank DaMataITA
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

It was a great surprise for me to visit this original museum, what is a language after all, if not a bunch of words pronounced in different ways? i was moved by the cultural attachment of Brazil to ts language, and the originality of this exposition. A must see!

2  Thank Swiss_business
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Museum very well organized and easily accessible by train and metro station of Light, very close to the center of SP. Place of great learning, attractions for adults and children

Thank Otavio g
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