For those who may not know or remember, Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brasil until 1960!
For this reason, the presidents used to live here, more specifically at Museu da República, aka Palácio do Catete (Rua do Catete, 153). The best way to get there is by subway, getting of at Catete Station you just need to cross the street!
The building itself is gorgeous. Inside, the luxury decor, with stained glasses, chandeliers and high ceiling call the attention.
The visit is divided into thematic saloons. In the 3rd floor, you can visit the famous room of Getúlio Vargas, a well-known former president of Brasil, in where he killed himself in 1954.
Beyond the museum itself, there are also the Gardens. A great place to spend a Sunday on a pic-nic, watching local people hanging out.
The space is countless, and it’s less crowded than places as Jardim Botânico (Botanic Garden), Parque Lage or Lagoa. Actually, if you see these palmtrees it’s very much alike Jardim Botânico, which charges R$10 for the entrance!
The entrance for the museum costs R$6,00 (free entrance at Wednesdays and Sundays), but the access to the Gardens only is always free! 😀
Besides, in the Museum there is also a theater, bookstore, coffee and a small restaurant.
Gardens: Daily, from 8am to 6pm.
Museum: Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 11am to 6pm.