Museu da República
Museu de Folclore Edison Carneiro
Created in 1968, the museum is an excellent introduction to Brazilian folk art, particularly from the northeast. Its permanent...
Associação Centro de Capoeira Angola
A capoeira center in Catete with two-hour classes on weekdays (running from 4pm to 10pm Monday through Thursday and 6pm to 10pm on...
Parque do Catete
The small landscaped park on the grounds of the Palácio do Catete provides a quiet refuge from the city. Its pond and shade-covered...
Espaço Museu Da República
The screening room located behind the dramatic Museu da República shows contemporary and vintage films of indie and world-cinema....
This atmospheric pay-by-weight restaurant serves up a good selection of Brazilian dishes by day, and transforms to a live music spot...
Lonely Planet review
The Museu da República, located in the Palácio do Catete , has been wonderfully restored. Built between 1858 and 1866 and easily distinguished by the bronze condors on the eaves, the palace was home to the president of Brazil from 1896 until 1954, when President Getúlio Vargas committed suicide here.
Vargas made powerful enemies in the armed forces and the political right wing, and was attacked in the press as a communist for his attempts to raise the minimum wage and increase taxes on the middle and upper classes. Tensions reached a critical level when one of Vargas' bodyguards fired shots at a journalist. Although the journalist was unharmed, an air force officer guarding him was killed, giving the armed forces the pretext they needed to demand the resignation of Vargas. In response, Vargas committed suicide, and his emotional suicide note read, 'I choose this means to be with you [the Brazilian people] always…I gave you my life; now I offer my death.' The 3rd-floor bedroom in which the suicide occurred is eerily preserved.
The museum has a good collection of art and artifacts from the Republican period, and also houses a good lunch restaurant, an art-house cinema and a bookstore.