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Museu do Mamulengo

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Address: Rua de Sao Bento 344 | Centro, Olinda, State of Pernambuco 53020-080, Brazil
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(81) 3493-2753
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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An entertaining tour of crazy dolls

Given the low entry fee, a quirky stop in the museum to look at some of the weird and wonderful dolls / puppets on display is cash well spent.

Reviewed 19 June 2015
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

Given the low entry fee, a quirky stop in the museum to look at some of the weird and wonderful dolls / puppets on display is cash well spent.

Thank Eloweazle
Recife, PE
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015

First museum of popular dolls in Brazil and Latin America. It has a very rich collection with a wide variety of dolls of various masters of mamulengo. Also discloses the puppet theater tradition in our region. è a great opportunity to learn the art of mamulengueiros masters as well as the rich northeastern culture, popular festivals, funerals, bandits and others,... More 

Thank Wilson_JrREC
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316 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2014

This museum has an incredible collection of all kinds of puppets on several levels. You can get a guide pamphlet explaining the puppets you are viewing and there is even a theatre where puppet shows take place but check the schedule otherwise there will be no puppets performing.

Thank ajaceman
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328 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2014

This museum has a huge collection of puppets, old and new, from many different styles, and featuring highway robber fold heroes and cultural activities. There is a detail model of making of a local delicacy (to some) tapioca. Definitely worth a look round.

Thank OceanWanderer
Poughkeepsie, New York
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213 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014

Puppets we thought, sure, why not, since we walked past it and it had been recommended. Now I'd say it is a must! If you want to learn a little about the life of the people in the Northeast of Brazil, this is the place to come to. For one you can learn about the bandit pair of Lampiao and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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345 reviews
228 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2014

This place is a must to see once in Olinda. You will find in front of the church guides that will tell the local history for $10. They have a lot of content. The church is called "Se" because is the main local church. The city of Recife just beside has a "Se Church" as well. "Se" means the principal... More 

Thank Vanessa P
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

This is a great little museum, unusual and interesting. You don't pay to get in but we did tip the man who (very enthusiastically) showed us round. The information about the puppets, the history of puppetry etc is very sparse, so you don't necessarily learn a lot, but that doesn't matter. The puppets are colourful, gruesome, well-preserved and all in... More 

Thank IknowGoyo
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

I'm not a big museum person but this small exhibit of wooden crafted puppets (the only one of its type in the whole of Brazil) in Olinda's historic centre was great. The staff are excellent and our guide (free) - Enio Mariz de Oliveira - spoke with passion and really brought the history of the whole region to life. Well... More 

Thank Katestevensonuk
Berlin, Germany
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2013

We ended up there because our host in Olinda mentioned that she liked this place. It didn't disappoint. It was very interesting and informative. The puppets are very cool, and you can learn a lot about the culture of the North of Brazil. The person in charge of the museum (cannot remember his name!) came from his office and gave... More 

Thank fjpyanez
Los Angeles, California
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268 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Olinda is a beautiful quaint town to pass an afternoon walking through. And then you come upon this interesting little puppet museum and you wonder, really>? Really!.. this is an interesting place to take in how communication has no barriers in the medium it employs.. the museum usually has a docent to accompany you and explains all the intricate details... More 

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