Casa do Carnaval da Bahia, Salvador

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  • It’s a great museum for those who want to get the knowledge and a feeling of the Carnaval. In a completely new building the museum offers an audioguide in English. Many film to see on big screens help...  more »
  • It is a very modern museum the same consists of 3 areas, 2 exhibition, and 1 interactive and has a terrace with a unique view, unfortunately it is not yet exploited. It is extremely interesting, it is covered with an audio guide the only detail to improve is that they put the option of "Spanish" since the audios are only in English or Portuguese (I do not speak anything of Portuguese I understood, but something I missed) The guys are super friendly and there's to cheer up to dance, it's a lot of fun.
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  • Located next to the Basilica Cathedral in Pelourinho, it shows a bit of the history of the carnival in Bahia interactively. The entry costs R $30.00 (whole) and R $15.00 (half). From the terrace you have a beautiful view of the Bay of Todos OS Santos.
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  • Loved it (despite one setback with a staff member)! The museum has a pretty interactive setup, with a guided mobile tour and videos. The first room goes through the history of Carnaval in Bahía, while the second room explains the fashions/style/music/dance as well as how Carnaval in Bahía has influenced festivities other parts of Brazil and the world. Would’ve given this five stars, but one of the staff was incredibly rude and made me feel very uncomfortable. He was set up in the second room to collect headsets for those finished with the tour. As I went around the room, he kept staring at me pretty intensely then when I had to return my headset to him, he said something to me in Portuguese (which I don’t speak), so I asked in Spanish (due to the similarities between Portuguese and Spanish, my Spanish had been helping me get around Brazil fine w/o Portuguese; I’ve done the same when traveling the south of Italy) if he could explain in Spanish or English and he scoffed at me and said “Portuguese is not Spanish” as if I didn’t know that. So between him making me very uncomfortable and insulting my intelligence, I wasn’t even up for the dance portion of the tour.
  • Super interesting museum. Many cool costumes, Carnaval history and a dancing room. Great view from the rooftop.
  • Salvador's Casa do Carnaval (Carnival House), a museum dedicated to the biggest carnival (and hence biggest party) on the planet, is as wonderful as the storied history of this celebration! In a beautifully conceived space a number of screens tell the story of various aspects of Carnaval, with films and cleverly animated photographs. These stories are narrated through headphones controlled by a cell phone-sized device -- in either Portuguese or English -- allowing visitors to wander at will and delve as deeply as they wish into the presentations (the Portuguese-language narrations are done by well-known Bahian singers who've performed in numerous carnivals). Following this is the Interactive Cinema (there are two, actually), with huge super-high def screens and startlingly clear sound systems, where one, should one be so disposed, can follow the dance steps of Ilê Aiyê and numerous others. This endeavor is helped by real live dancers following the steps on the screen and there to help anybody else wishing to do likewise. The multi-story entrance hall doubles as a bookstore devoted to Salvador's history and vast culture, and up top of everything is a bright carnivalesque café overlooking the Baía de Todos os Santos. Hemingway memorably called Paris "A Moveable Feast". Carnaval in Salvador da Bahia then, with its trio elétricos, is a hugely moveable festa!!! BTW: "Sparrow" in Portuguese is "Pardal", and that's what I'm called here in Brazil. I'm proud to work in various capacities with some of the most wonderful artists living and producing here in Bahia today!
  • A hidden pearl in Salvador.
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