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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TripAdvisor
  • My hotel, Hotel Novo Mundo, is next door to this park and residence of the former President of Brazil. The grounds are stunning, and the building itself was beautiful. The exhibits were not open when ...  more »
  • We did not actually go into the museum. We walked around the grounds of the park, and it's a nice respite from the urban surroundings. It was interesting to note that this had previously been the pres...  more »
  • Unfortunately we were unable to visit the museum due to time constraints but to make up for it our guide gave us very in depth history lesson on the building itself and the history of its use by the P...  more »
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  • Nice museum. Rooms well preserved. You can see, where evil President Vargas has shot himself. Unfortunately the garden surrounding the palace has been neglected badly.
  • Beautiful Garden where people gather for various reasons. Great Place to hang out to relax.
  • The museum itself is not the greatest place in the world, though it does offer a glimpse on the life of President Vargas and a bit of history of the neighbourhood Catete. But the Palace's garden is incredible! I recomend to go there about 5 oclock for the music played by a group Catete's residents
  • Museu que conta a história da recente república brasileira. Jardim maravilhoso!
  • Peaceful and beautiful park. Nice bookshop. Pajama of the president Vargas perforated by bullet.