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. Put Museu da Republica at the forefront of your travel plans using our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary planner .
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  • Fascinating place, a class and a dip in our history. Finally it is worth the visit to this historic place!!!
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  • The museum itself is not so interesting and could look more modern, with interactive features or the use of technology, to hold more visitor attention. The beauty of the museum is right in catete palace which, with its crystal chandeliers and paintings reminiscent of the Renaissance, is very beautiful, although it was the site of the sad episode of the suicide of Getúlio Vargas.
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  • Easy to visit, it is in front of a subway station and in many bus lines routes. Museum of first presidential official home and presidential Headquarters. Interesting architecture and design from the early 1900's. The pleasant park is as good as the museum itself. Go for a picnic, a museum visit or both, it worth the time.
  • Excelent place for a picnic, great place to take your kids too. The palace is the center of republican history in Brasil, previously owned by the Baron of Friburgo during the monarchy it was appropriated by the Brazilian government and became the house of future presidents of the Republic. It has a very interesting museum and lavished gardens.
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