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The Imperial Museum in Teresópolis is one of the largest and most important museums in Brazil. It was founded in 1866 by Emperor Dom Pedro II, and houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts from all over the world. The museum is particularly known for its collections of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art, as well as its collection of Brazilian colonial art. The museum is also home to a large library and research center, and hosts a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year.
🕒 Opening hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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🗣️ Imperial Museum: Reviews
Very enjoyable small museum of Brazilian history in what was the summer palace for the Emperor. Includes the imperial crown, bedrooms, and some nice paintings of old Rio. Good value at R$10.
Very educational. It is amazing to see the history and how it has been preserved. What an amazing place.
So much history and so amazing... beautifully preserved Palace.. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More
Pay a small fee to clean the floors with your feet. Nice to see how royalty lived in the past but very limited experience
The place doesn’t hold many interesting items. They basically preserved the house where the royal Portuguese family used to live. I visited this museum 4 years ago and there were the jewels of the crown and other jewelry at display, as well as some beautiful swords. All of those displays were, for no apparent reason, covered with brown paper. And some other rooms that used to hold some gorgeous antiques have been turned into boring exhibitions of pictures hanging from the ceiling. Very disappointing. One positive thing now is that you pay less money to visit the place (R$ 10).
Great museum to bring the family for a tour or simply to enjoy the gardens in the surroundings. Visited on Weekend Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended No … More
Very informative, incredible pieces to see at the exhibition.
Very intresting and unique.
Never saw kitchen or bathrooms tho
Imperial Museum, Petropolis, Brazil Fascinating museum and amazing history of the Brazilian Royal family. Many memories.
Mandatory stop if you are visiting Petrópolis! Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More
Full of history of Brasil! Very interesting museum.
Very nice place to visit With a lot of history and the gardens amazing
It's a very beautiful sighted place, especially, at night.
Very interesting place,good to know more abouth Brazil culture.
Best historical paintings, crowns, wagons, and collections of Pedro I & II. The garden is supremely nice with over 300 types of trees.
An unforgettable piece of our origins, ancestors and country history. A must visit
I always love going to the Imperial palace in Petrópolis. There is always something new to learn and see
Such a beautiful place. Everything is exactly as Imperial Family left it. Really worth seeing.
Great place with great history, went there alone and realize a lack of English texts and written context, heard that the museum guides are amazing and that they probably speaks english so I recomend going with a Museum guide rather than exploring it by itself
Good value for money, get to side around because you cannot wear shoes in the museum. Helpful staff.
A must visit place when in Petrópolis. Quick 45 min drive from Rio. Impressive museum.
Architecture, History & Culture ALL IN ONE place - UNMISSABLE!!
Very cool experience exploring the imperial museum. You have to wear this hilarious slippers and slide around the palace. It's very beautiful and opulent...obviously.
Very cool space. Lots of artifacts. Nice gardens (free). Interesting history.
Great and comfortable place.
Veeery good collections of the dom Peter's empire age. Wonderful gardens for a walk and spend the day in a piquenique.
One of the things you have to visit when in Petropolis. The building is beautiful both on the outside and the inside and the information is provided in Portuguese and English.
Beautiful palace located within Petropolis Brazil. Prices were reasonable and there were exhibits in English.
Was nice, clean, organized and I think that have a low fare. I really recommend to visit this museum, helps to understand better the Brazilian history. Remember that you can't take photos from the inside.
Nice to see the old Imperial Palace still well maintained. No photos allowed in the inside and you’d be given slippers to wear!
Very well preserved. The art is fantastic. Most exhibit information is in portugues, espanol and english. No pics of any kind allowed once inside the museum. Bags must be checked in with security. Worth a visit if you are in town.
Going to Petropolis is the most interesting place to be visited together with the Cathedral. Advised
If you like history, this is a must! There are not many museums like this in Brazil.
Good value at R$10. An important part of Brazil's history and a very spacious exhibit. Highly recommended.
This is a special place to see in Petropolis for all visiting people to Brasil and all Brasilians. Rich in colonial history.
A pleasant piece of brazilian history, this palace is located in the heart of the historical center of Petrópolis. Take your time to sit in the garden for a bit while admiring the Palace and the quiet atmosphere.
A great day out from Rio de Janeiro Rodoviaria Novo Rio. Simply take the BRT train from Cinelandia as it takes you directly there. Coach service a/c pkus toilet facilities on board is reasonably priced takes you to Petropolis Rodoviaria where you catch bus 100 at other end of station. Will leave 5 minutes walk from Palace. You are not allowed to take pictures inside main palace plus have to wear protective one size slippers so as you shuffle on wooden floors you feel you are polishing wood along the route. Informative but sadly mostly in Portuguese with the odd english or french translation. They have to improve on this front however worth a visit as the town is very pleasent and with other options of sights and places to visit. Allow a full day to relax and enjoy most sights.
Lovely museum with a very good tour in Portuguese. The only odd thing is that they make you don these oversized slippers, ostensibly to avoid damaging the hardwood floors. However, the only way you are able to prevent the slippers from falling off is to maintain a shuffling gate as you are moving around the floors of the former palace. So, as one wag recently put it on the Q&A forum, Quora, "They should have paid ME to take the Imperial Museum tour as I found myself cleaning and polishing the floors of the palace!"
If you come to Petropolis, it is unmissable place to visit. It is just amazing, all the furnitures and treasures of Brazilian emperors.
Extremely well kept museum, it offers a might play and a light show worth going if yuo are in Petropolis.
A very well maintained and conserved imperial residence. The exposition es big and it's rotating. You can take a look to the forniture, crowns, clothes and personal belongings of the last Brazilian Emperor and his family.
Wonderful peak in the lives of the Brazilian imperial family through the lens of their summer retreat in the mountains above Rio. Don't expect a Schoenbrunn or Fontainebleau, but in the context of historic sites from the 19th century in Latin America (and especially Brazil) it is an absolute marvel. And, of course, the imperial crown is one of the most important things on display.
The museum is a Emperor's palace, stocked with paintings, furniture, and various artefacts. Before visiting, I suggest reading a bit about Brazilian history, especially the period between years 1823 and 1889.
Awesome. This museum holds a collection of artifacts related to Brazil's imperial period. Besides the area is surrounded by a beautiful garden and many side show attractions. Don't miss it.
Well curated museum. It was the emperor's summer palace and has been well maintained. Also, Petropolis is a nice town to visit.
Very nice, historical, nice layout for tours and well staffed. Relatively small, but worth the low fee.
Great place to visit. There's a coffee house where you can enjoy a good time reading, talking or just appreciating the architecture.
A piece of Brazil's history. A great place to learn about Brazil's royal history. Highly recommend if you're visiting the country for more than it's beaches and sun.
Loved the palace in the jungle! Very interesting stories about how the "emperor" and his family lived with all of the European pomp and circumstance in the middle of the jungle. The town also has a Bavarian/Austrian flair to it - high in the mountains, etc.
Great palce full of history and culture. Not only a great museum but also a nice place for picnicking. Hosts many cultural events during the week and at night.
This is the place to be visited in Petropolis. The imperial palace is well maintained and almost as it was during imperial period. Twice a week a special sound and video event is organized at 8 pm.
Happened to be free on the day we turned up, which was great. Helpful staff. And there is an app 'Museu Imperial' which is worth downloading. It doesn't provide much more information, but it means you don't have to crowd round the info points. The slippers that they ask you to wear take a little getting used to.