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Palacio Taranco

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Neighbourhood: Ciudad Vieja
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Address: Veinticinco de Mayo 379 | Hours: Monday-Friday 1230pm - 730pm, Montevideo 11002, Uruguay
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+598 2915 1101

This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and...

This impressive 20th-century building was designed by French architects and now houses a decorative arts museum with Uruguayan furniture, clocks, paintings and more.

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Beautiful building, good furnishings and exhibits

This free museum has a good display of Greek/Roman pre-Christ artifacts in the basement. On the ground and first floors are the palace rooms which appear to be in the same... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Lake of Bays, Canada
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Lake of Bays, Canada
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

This free museum has a good display of Greek/Roman pre-Christ artifacts in the basement. On the ground and first floors are the palace rooms which appear to be in the same condition with the furnishings of when it was a private residence. This includes the kitchen and bathrooms. Certainly worth a visit when you are in Ciudad Vieja.

Thank MRichardson2014
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Montevideo is a fascinating city, but hard to visit. It's spread out and many areas are dilapidated. Other areas are downright sketchy. That said, there are many incredible historic buildings and it's truly worth the effort to see them. Palacio Taranco is a rare opportunity to see inside one of the mansions occupied by a wealthy European when Montevideo was... More 

1 Thank Kelly H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

We had the place to ourselves this day, it felt like visiting some extremely wealthy private house, filled with interesting art, antiques and some outstanding pieces: a Goya, for example. The marble floors are magnificent, so is all the woodwork, and the tapestry on the walls just amazing. And following the generous custom of the Uruguayan government, this museum is... More 

1 Thank Pvblue
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 327 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Very well maintained & quite a pleasant surprise. Days of grandeur. All for free. The staff are so helpful. The Architect must have been exceptional.

1 Thank Hooray H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Great rainy day activity though the home's beauty is worth visiting on a sunny day as well. Free of charge! This is a beautiful home & wonderfully restored. It doesn't take a long time to get through but is well worth it. Take time to go downstairs and see the Egyptian artifacts.

Thank Katherine H
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

I've visited Palaces all over the world, and this didn't disappoint - a lovely example of old world Europe in the heart of Montevideo. If you enjoy this kind of activity - you'll find this one worth the stroll.

Thank Rich H
Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 498 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

This is one of the few attractions in Montevideo that appealed to us. The city in general was a disappointment. Our guide from the cruise ship was helpful and knowledgeable but this could not make up for the paucity of outstanding things to see in the city. Punta del Este in Uruguay is much more interesting in our opinion. The... More 

Thank VAChuck
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

I agree with everyone else, this is a gem and such a pleasant afternoon. Take your camera and visit the garden. Don't miss the upper level terrace from the library.

Thank Tg D
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

Many interesting period pieces and art works in this converted mansion. The curator has achieved a harmony between the artifacts and the building. Caution: The entrance does not face Plaza Zabala; it is on the other side of the building.

1 Thank rhwmson
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

The furnishings and furniture are from the 1800s. The building is beautiful. The collection itself is small.

1 Thank daina g

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