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Casa do Pontal Museum

Estrada do Pontal 3295 | Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22790-877, Brazil
+55 21 2490 4013
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Cultural break from the beach

The museu is located near the surfing Macumba Beach, via a scenic road sided by forest and black... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gellers1972
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Wonderful museum

We were staying in Guaratiba, and our host recommended this museum. What a wonderful surprise: the... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
svenjick
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The Casa do Pontal is the largest and most important Museum of Folk Art in Brazil. The collection contains over 8000 sculptures and models made by approximately 200 folk artists from all over Brazil. Include in the collection are works produced throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The entire collection, the building, the gardens and the exhibit itself were conceived and executed by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque, He is also responsible for amassing the collection in which he invested his own financial resources as well as fifty years of research and travel.The permanent collection contains over 8000 works representative of the different urban and rural cultures of Brazil, 5,000 of which are on display in the Museum's 1500 m2 of galleries. Organized thematically, they reflect every day activities, celebrations and festivals and the real in the fantasy lives of the people. Scattered throughout the galleries are explanatory texts in Portuguese, English and French.
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Estrada do Pontal 3295 | Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22790-877, Brazil
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museu is located near the surfing Macumba Beach, via a scenic road sided by forest and black granite mountains. On arrival you enter a lush green Garden surrounding the beatiful house which hosts the museum. The pieces on display are very original and preserve...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

We were staying in Guaratiba, and our host recommended this museum. What a wonderful surprise: the collection is an extensive dive into brazilian folk art. Many topics are covered. A poetic museum, with an anthropological approach to describing so many elements of brazilian life and...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We visited with family. I was not sure what to expect. The first floor features clay figurines showing aspects of every day life. But I found the really interesting stuff beyond this. Fabulous wood carvings, puppets, masks, and much much more. A great representation of...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2015

O Museu Casa do Pontal is a must-see for anyone interested in folk art. Check out the museum's website to see its permanent collection and you'll see the unique organization of works that has been effected by the museum - the circle of life, professions,...More

1  Thank Greg W
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Reviewed 29 December 2014

It is far away from Rio's center, but I think its worth the drive (it's close to Prainha beach, for example). The art reminded me a lot of what I saw in the northeastern states of the country with simple, bold and beautiful shapes and...More

2  Thank mvq2014
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

This museum contains a huge collection of folk art statues and figurines, most of them quite small (about 15-20 cm), colourfully decorated, presenting a naive and authentic view of life in all its amazing variety, from birth to death (including a cabinet with what can...More

2  Thank Hamburgguy47
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. What you see are a collection of several thousand sculptures, figurines, diorama like vignettes representing some 200 "artists" (everyday craftsmen) from all over Brazil. The scenes and figures are grouped topically with sections devoted to music, or festivals, or meals,...More

3  Thank bobbi649
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Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

Casa do Pontal turned out to be an amazing surprise, and quite a cultural experience. Examples of folk artists, under the poorest conditions, finding ways to express their lives in many inventive ways; this collection was definitely worth the trip. We

2  Thank Tricia H
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is a museum of traditional Brazilian art. If you are already visiting the area around Recreio to visit Grumari or Prainha or the Sitio Burle Marx, this museum is worth visiting, assuming you have an interest in art. It has a large collection of...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2013

It is worth while to take this trip from center Rio, having the opportunity to experience a part of the rural areas around but not least to enjoy this pearl of art from the brasilian public. A well organized museum - fresh and giving. I...More

2  Thank Hjalmar A
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