Museu da Republica, Rio de Janeiro
(4.5/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We had never been to an exhibition so rich in culture and history, I was very impressed and more in love with the story.
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  • The Villa is beautiful and worth the visit. Each beautiful architectural detail. The garden is also beautiful and usually has a contemporary art exhibition. The entry only costs six reals, and incredible, they charged me because there was no change. They could charge a bit more expensive to help in the conservation of this historical site, and, who knows, increment the location information, making them more interactive and interesting for children, for example.
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  • The Museum depicts the history of rio de janeiro and the culture of the State, but it's not an attractive walk for children.
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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.