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Catete Palace

Female opinion

Probably won't be too exciting for most of the people, unless you are keen on history. Anyway, you could give it a try on a rainy day and combine your visit with some other attractions nearby. You will be amazed by its large halls full of luxurious decorations, furniture and rare collections of art.

Male opinion

I´m not a big fan of palaces, this being one of them. If you are, then go for it! Otherwise it’s a site to visit while in the neighborhood or nothing else to do. Nevertheless, you cannot deny the beautiful inner décor of the palace.

Palacio do Catete is a luxurios urban mansion built in 1960s and located in Catete neighborhood. Initially it was a family residence of Baron of Nova Friburgo. Between 1897 and 1960 the palace was the seat of the Federal Government.

Catete palace is especially known as the place where Brazilian politician Getulio Vargas committed suicide in 1954. Vargas was the leader of the country during 18 years, first as dictator and then as president. A very interesting and controversial figure in Brazilian history, beloved and hated by tens of millions. Launched in 2014, biographical drama “Getúlio” shows final moments of his life. Read more about the movie on wikipedia.

Nowadays Catete palace is home to Republican museum. Besides the palace, the territory of Museu da Republica includes a big picturesque garden, an art gallery with temporary expositions, a cinema, a cafe, a bistro, a children playground and a bookstore.

Tips for Catete palace

  • Don´t forget to visit the inner courtyard of the palace. It is a nice small park.
  • Almost all Rio's museums are closed on Mondays. On Tuesdays many museums offer free entrance. Check the museum's website for exact information.

“Getúlio” movie trailer - related to Catete palace

If you are interested in Brazilian history, do you homework before going to the museum – watch the movie “Getúlio” that takes place at Catete palace and depicts the last days of life of this famous Brazilian president.

Quick facts

Type: museum
Touristic: a little bit
Getting there: easy
Minimal transport: metro
Cost: cheap
Website: museudarepublica.museus.gov.br
Other names: Palácio do Catete, Catete Palace, Museu da República, Republican Museum, Museum of the Republic, Palácio Nova Friburgo, Palácio das Águias
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How to get there

Address: Rua do Catete 153

Hood: Catete

From Ipanema, General Osorio: 
1. Take metro to Catete station.
2. The palace is right next to the metro entrance.

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