Museu da Republica, Rio de Janeiro

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Through works of art, furniture, documents, and presidential memorabilia, as well as temporary exhibitions, Museu da Republica provides you with a fascinating synopsis of Brazil’s Republican history and culture. Housed in Palácio do Catete, as you take a tour you will see rooms decorated in different themes, including Venetian, Pompeii, French, and Moorish. Make sure you look closely at the interesting ceilings; some bear Brazil’s national arms, while others are dominated by neoclassical frescoes. The opulence of the residence, complete with bronze condors on the eaves, gives you a good sense of how profitable the coffee trade was, built as it was by Antônio Clemente Pinto, one of Brazil’s wealthiest merchants. Among other things, the palace has served as the official residence of the president of Brazil, the last of which, Getúlio Vargas, committed suicide when facing an imminent coup. The bedroom in which he died has been eerily preserved, and inside you can see the bullet that killed him. Make Museu da Republica a part of your Rio de Janeiro vacation plans using our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder.
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  • Who is Brazilian must meet. The Catete Palace (Museum of the Republic) was the scene of historic moments that determined who we are as a people and nation. Is to go solo, accompanied and especially with children.
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  • A big surprise! This museum has a collection of the Republican period of unique importance. The halls have decorated with mythological scenes who copy the frescoes painted by Italian Renaissance Raphael (1483-1520) in Villa Farnesiana, besides other inspirations that architects used in decoration as a metal copy of the Aphrodite sculpture of Capua, which is in the National Museum of Naples. Everything impresses in this Museum, which is worth to be visited and revisited.
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  • After visiting the Museum and meet the little that was left of the acquis, the garden of the Palace is a show. Place to talk, do a walk, relax, have a cup of coffee. There are movies and what I like most is the space of popular artist. Library and shop with wonderful Brazilian handicrafts. Ideal place to buy that gift made in Brazil. Always have interesting handicraft exhibition. For those who like tranquility, I suggest visiting during the week. Go to subway. Catete station is right in front.
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  • Bom mais antigo
  • it has a very nice outside park with a place for kids to play and the contact with nature is perfect for a family afternoon and a picnic.
  • The park and the museum are beautiful. Both are places where you can enjoy quiet and peaceful moment.
  • História e lindas paisagens. Além do simpático cinema do Grupo Casal
  • The gardens here are a great place to take kids. There's a little pond with some ducks, and a decent playground in the back corner.