Palacio Taranco, Montevideo

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
View an extensive collection of decorative arts at Palacio Taranco, featuring rooms stacked with European period furniture, draperies, ornaments, sculptures, textiles, and portrait paintings. French architects Charles Louis Girault and Jules Chifflot León--the creators of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris--designed the palace in the early 20th century. The eclectic interior combines diverse elements from Persian curtains to Flemish tapestries. Climb the marble spiral staircase, which links the lobby with the halls, and walk across the oak floors designed in the style of Versailles. See the dining hall, billiards room, smoking lounge, and library, all lavishly furnished in Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Regency styles. The palace's museum also boasts an important collection of classical art and archeology, including Greco-Roman ceramics. Using our online itinerary creator, Montevideo attractions like Palacio Taranco can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is the home of a wealthy 1910 merchant. It is interesting architecture on the inside, now filled with museum art and artifacts. Free admission but otherwise would be skippable. Minimal English.....  more »
  • I didn't expect much, especially as admission was free. But I was quite awed by the collection of European art. Teniers, Joaquin Sorolla, Julio Romeo de Torres, not to mention the artisans who...  more »
  • Amazing old house / palace turned museum! Definitely worth a visit. On the dias del patrimonio it opens for free to the public, not sure of price on other days. There’s an indigenous museum in the basement which is less great in my opinion, as the collection is quite small. But the main and top floors of the house are gorgeous, very elaborately decorated, including three antique pianos. Patio is beautiful as well.
  • Marvelous architectural details and art. Well worth the visit
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