Casa do Pontal Museum
Casa do Pontal Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Loved our time here. We had a car and it was about a 40 minute drive from Ipanema, but worth it if you can drive out. The figurines are very cool and there are a bunch of scenes that move on their own and play music. I also learned about many of the African and indigenous religions in Brazil which I really liked.
Written 1 March 2020
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Amanda F
Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
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. Do ask for a singing guide, yes, that's right, a guide that will take you around the museum and sing traditional songs while sharing about the art work. Guides are bi-lingual, Portuguese-English. The actual museum house is in a secluded and quiet area of Barra. If you go complement the trip with a visit to a near by beach such as Prianha.
Written 29 March 2018
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Gellers1972
Rio de Janeiro, RJ12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
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 a national tradition that is somewhat dying, of clay and Wood figurines representing the traditional every day life of Brazil until mid-XX century. It also shows masks of popular festivities. A must go if you want to know more about traditional Brazilian culture.
Written 5 February 2018
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svenjick
Lausanne, Switzerland52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
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 culture.
I would definitively come back next time i'm in Rio.
Written 5 January 2018
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niwplauv
Stamford, CT39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 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 exhibits in English although there was some. We were the only people in the museum at the time.
Written 18 August 2016
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Greg W
Kansas City, MO14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
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 history of the museum is interesting in its own right. The museum is not easy to find and is about 35 km west of Rio. We were fortunate to have contracted a guide to take us there that was associated with the museum. If you're staying in Rio, plan on the trip taking about 6 hours door-to-door (given traffic and the distance). As such, you might want to consider a restaurant or a visit to another site or a beach in that area as part of your excursion. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and the visit encouraged me to both learn more about Brazilian folk artists as well as visit other parts of Brazil.
Written 12 September 2015
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mvq2014
Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
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.
Written 28 December 2014
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Hamburgguy47
Hamburg, Germany264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
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 activities. Charming and touching.
Written 24 April 2014
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bobbi649
Stamford, CT57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
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 man. Some of the most amusing pieces were the mechanical scenes that moved at the touch of a button. Be sure to see the simulated Rio Carnival at the Sambodromo! We came here after a morning visit to the Burle-Marx house and lunch at Grummari point, all of which combined to make a splendid day. We think though, that even just visiting this museum is a worthwhile drive.
Written 18 March 2014
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Tricia H
Rumson, NJ1,538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013
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
Written 5 January 2014
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