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Imperial Museum

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Address: Rua da Imperatriz 220 | Centro, Petropolis, State of Rio de Janeiro 25610-320, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 24 2245-5550

The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive...

The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis, Brazil, is one of the most attractive cultural points of interest near Rio de Janeiro. Located in the town's historic center, the museum was once Emperor Pedro II's favorite residence. Today, it is one of the most visited museums in Brazil, with the annual average of 300.000 visitors. The exhibitions tell the Brazilian Empire history through furniture, objects, paintings, sculptures and other historic and artistic pieces that belonged to the imperial family or other people from the 19th century.

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For the history buff..

Quite interesting if you are a passionate about history of Brazil Royalty, but please do not compare to Versailles or Sissi's Schonbrun Palace....

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quite interesting if you are a passionate about history of Brazil Royalty, but please do not compare to Versailles or Sissi's Schonbrun Palace....

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Arlington, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum was really interesting and provided a great glimpse into how the imperial family lived BUT...you have to put on a pair of oversized slippers over your shoes and slide around on the floors. It seems they should be able to find a better way of preserving the floors rather than sending everyone ice skating.

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Surrey, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you enter the museum, you are given these oversized slippers which are next to impossible to keep on, the only way I found to do that was act as if you are skating. The museum is Ok but I have seen more interesting stately homes in the UK, ironically, all the staff just wear regular outdoor shoes.

Thank Ken H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is the elegant summer palace for the Portuguese, and then the Brazilian monarchy, where they wen to escape the heat of Rio. The furnishings are quite elegant but the museum does not give the visitor a sense of how the royalty lived and what their daily lives were like. Disappointing, but still worth a visit to see the rooms

Thank Bahia123
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I think that this is the best place to visit when visiting Petropolis. You can see how the Brazilian royal family lived in ancient times.

Thank Juliana L
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

NIce place for all kinds of tourists. A nice display of important moments of Brasil´s history. Very well presented, with digital information and signs in Spanish and English. Available for handicaped inside. Beautiful building and gardens outside.

Thank lanj0s
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

The conservation is superb and the good thing is that you can download mobile app and read QR codes in the rooms. On the other hand, it doesn't bring much information as it could be. By walking distance you can easily reach other major attractions of Petropolis.

Thank Bernardo G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The museum uses furniture, jewels and artworks, all beautifully arranged, to illustrate the 200 years of imperial Brazilian history. Easy and clear to understand. There is a room showing slave artifacts which was both distressing and worthwhile to see. Pricing is for three options which were carefully and fully explained in Portuguese. An infographic would have saved time or leaflet... More 

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We took the Río Máximo tour to Petrópolis with tour guide Kathia Waleria. The museum is huge!!! And its history is so rich! It is very well preserved despite the long time it was in unsuitable hands. Totally worth it!

Thank Claudia-Cella
Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

On the day we went the queue was very very long, but it moved fairly quickly. We put on the booties and follow the guide from room to room. Everything is so well preserved and opulent.

Thank Tammy_M800

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