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Casa do Pontal Museum

Closed Now: 09:30 - 17:00
Open today: 09:30 - 17:00
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A treasure of culture and art

While the Casa do Pontal is a distance from the center of Rio (give yourself an hour by car), if... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2018
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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 5 February 2018
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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...more
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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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Reviewed 29 March 2018

While the Casa do Pontal is a distance from the center of Rio (give yourself an hour by car), if you are curious about Brazilian popular art, I highly recommend that you make the trek. The collection is ample, yet not overwhelming and very informative....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 5 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

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 18 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

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 12 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

Date of experience: June 2015
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Reviewed 28 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

Date of experience: November 2014
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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

Date of experience: March 2014
2  Thank Hamburgguy47
Reviewed 18 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

Date of experience: February 2014
3  Thank bobbi649
Reviewed 5 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

Date of experience: November 2013
2  Thank Tricia H
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

Date of experience: December 2012
1  Thank EDBair
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