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Learn about Brazilian presidents

This place used to be the home for several Brazilian presidents and it was an important political... read more

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Nice way to spend the afternoon

A beautiful building and park, this is a great way to spend the afternoon seeing some of the early... read more

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Transformed from palace to presidential residence in 1889 with the overthrow of the monarchy, this granite and marble building has striking floors and ceilings and houses a museum with presidential memorabilia, furniture and art.
Rua do Catete 153, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22220-000, Brazil
+55 21 2127 0324
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place used to be the home for several Brazilian presidents and it was an important political building throughout the history of Brazil. Its exhibitions show the different rooms of the building and how it was used by the presidents and ministers. When I was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful building and park, this is a great way to spend the afternoon seeing some of the early presidential history of Brazil. If you are not a Portuguese speaker (like me) then I suggest taking the audio guide which is very good. The staff...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

The park is amazing... an oasis in the middle of the city. I spent a whole morning with my kids and I would do ir again!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Museum covering Brazilian history focusing on the Presidents of the Republic. It is in an old mansion which became the official residence of the Presidents of Brazil for about 60 years before the Capital was moved to Brasilia. There is some description of some parts...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank peterlondon91
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

On a hot (30c) afternoon visited this 19th century palace built by a coffee plantation owner. It became the presidential palace in 1889 and is now a museum. Varied and interesting rooms, including one where President Vargas committed suicide in 1954 - with the gun...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank JRishere
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely little museum right beside Catete metro station. Once you go beyond the ground floor, each room has an explanatory plaque in English. You can also get a brochure in English at the ticket desk. Rooms are beautifully decorated, each in a...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank majo56
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Sadly, the beautiful building is in a state of decay. It is obviously not maitained. The exhibit is not very rich. Perfect for primary school studen field trips.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank UltiBoss
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This historic building is a museum of the Brazilian Republic. We were surprised to find the Marianne not only as the symbol of French revolution but also as one of the Brazilian quest for freedom. The museum room are in the traditional belle epoque style....More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank JanV5268
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Located opposite the Catete metro I visited on a Sunday and entry was free. The building, interiors etc are lovely, there is an English language explanatory leaflet, information in each of the rooms and the top floor preserves the room where Brazilian President Vargas committed...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank LDB65
Reviewed 4 May 2017

My hotel, Hotel Novo Mundo, is next door to this park and residence of the former President of Brazil. The grounds are stunning, and the building itself was beautiful. The exhibits were not open when I visited, so I was able to see the museum...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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