Centro Cultural Usina do Gasometro (Gasometer Factory), Porto Alegre

(3.6/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
You will be struck by the size of this old power station, with its massive concrete columns, internal metal framework, and tall chimney. Now a cultural center, this impressive space is home to an independent cinema, excellent bookshop, several galleries and small boutiques, a theater, a café, and even a paper recycling company. With a full schedule of events, you will always find something going on, from photography exhibitions to dance performances. As you look around Centro Cultural Usina do Gasometro (Gasometer Factory), you will see reminders of its industrious past, like the walls of the old coal-burning ovens preserved on the first floor. Two terraces provide fantastic views of Porto Alegre and Lago Guaíba, the banks of which are a popular meeting place where you will find gauchos--local residents--enjoying chimarrão, a traditional caffeine-rich drink. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Porto Alegre holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Centro Cultural Usina do Gasometro (Gasometer Factory) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The visit is worth to get to know the old building that functioned as thermoelectric power plant (and not the gas as the name says) and have a privileged view of the Guaíba Lake, and even make boat trip among the Islands that come out of there. Culturally speaking there is nothing to do, because the building is damaged.
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  • The "gasometro" looks like an unesthetical empty warehouse. One can go to the top of it, but the windows distract from enjoying the view. It's not really worth it to visit this building. 
  • The location is nice, very historic, but desperately needs reform. The visit is justified by historical elements there exposed, old photographs. Worth a visit also the surroundings, where you can stroll along the River, including bicycles.
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  • Bem interessante!
  • Amazing! This place is very cultural it and has heaps of art shows. Plus you get to see a very nice view of Porto Alegre from the top.
  • lindo
  • Adoro caminhar e andar de bicicleta no Gasometro. Lugar lindo e muito gostoso de ir.
  • The building seems underused.