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Casa do Pontal Museum

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Address: Estrada do Pontal 3295 | Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22790-877, Brazil
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+55 21 2490 4013
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 18:00

The Casa do Pontal is the largest and most important Museum of Folk Art in...

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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A gem of a place

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 August 2016
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Phnom Penh
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 Brazilian culture and history. Would have been nice if there was more explanation to the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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, games, the circus, for example - all as seen by folk artists throughout Brazil. The... More 

1 Thank Greg W
Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 colors. Most of the pieces are hand-made, clay figurines.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 only be described as pretty lurid three-dimensional porn), various professions, all conceivable kinds of human... More 

2 Thank Hamburgguy47
Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles 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, or daily life,etc. We were amazed to learn that the collection was assembled by one... More 

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Rumson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

2 Thank Tricia H
Carrboro, NC
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 unique artwork that you generally don't see in other museums. That said, it's probably not... More 

1 Thank EDBair
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 also recommend the nice restaurants in the neighbourhood. A good experience and quiet different from... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

The casa do pontal has some amazing folkloric art pieces. At first the collection seems quite homogenic, but if you take the time to read the descriptions and dig a little deeper, it is really great and interesting. Also the wooden carvings on 1st floor are quite amazing. The little shop and café is cosy, but could be more varied.... More 

3 Thank RioUrbanExploration
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2012

At first I really didn't know what to expect considering Casa do Pontal Museum is really off the beaten track. So the experience was a very pleasant surprise where you get a chance to discover quite a fascinating collection of folkloric Brazilian art focusing on clay figurines depicting scenes from the everyday life in the interior of the Northeast. If... More 

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