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

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Do not bother going into the cultural house unless you are interested in exhibitions. The Gasômetro is an icon of the city, known for being a good place for afternoon picnics and having a great sunset...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Lots of work now on the outside grounds, so no sunset watching allowed. I hope it gets back to normal sooner than later.  more »
Google
  • Por do sol and chimarrao and prenda end pia.
  • Não consegui entrar pois estava em reforma porém por fora ela é magnífica
  • Grande centro cultural
  • 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.
  • Very Good.