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Museu do Sertao, Petrolina

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Close to the city center, Museu do Sertao is rich in regional history and showcases a collection of over 3,000 works of art. In this museum, which aims to preserve the region’s rich cultural and artistic heritage, you can see exhibits of local handcrafts, photographs, models of rural housing, home decorations, and paintings. This small yet important cultural center offers a rare view into the world of Brazil’s indigenous people and the exotic plant and animal life that once surrounded their isolated backcountry communities. Bring the whole family for an educational trip in time and an important lesson about technological developments that transformed the parched savanna of colonial days into a modern productive area of recent years. Arrange your visit to Museu do Sertao and discover more family-friendly attractions in Petrolina using our Petrolina holiday planner.
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  • The part I liked most was the old frontiersman's life and the story of Petrolina. We must love our history and surely only love what we know, the sertão Museum brings us this opportunity to meet you
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  • We went to the Museum of the outback, but the same was in retirement. It was a shame, but the folks left the group to the beginning of the Museum. In this way, we can see some pieces.
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  • The Museum portrays well the backwoods, the origin of Petrolina, besides having parts that makes us relive the past of the region.
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  • Is temporarily closed for renovations. Detail since last year. So it's best to call first to see if it's working.
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  • I've never been to the Museum
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  • Closed for renovations
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Where to stay in Petrolina

Much of Petrolina’s activity centers around the snaking Sao Francisco River, and the majority of the city’s hotels can be found here. These vary in quality but offer easy access to restaurants, bars, and stores as well as the city of Juazeiro, which sits just across the bridge. Those who want to enjoy the youthful buzz and affordable eateries that the University provides should look for accommodations near or on Dom Malan Square. Smaller guesthouses and bed and breakfasts tend to be less expensive but are generally tucked away in residential areas.
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