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Strangest/Specialty Museums in Rio de Janeiro

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Museu da Imagem e do Som

Museu da Imagem e do Som (Museum of Image and Sound) in Rio was the first of its kind in the country and was established in 1965, after which several others followed suit in other cities. It has an impressive collection of images and sound that includes in various forms such as caricatures, recordings, gramaphones, musical instruments, drawings, books and discs that are related to the cultural history of Brazil. Most of these media documents were donated to the museum. There are also some personal mementos of artists such as Ernesto Nazareth's piano, Elizeth Cardoso's costumes and more. The exhibits also showcases forgotten artists belonging to Brazil's Golden Age of Radio such as the Batista sisters. Museu da Imagem e do Som regularly conducts educational videos, lectures and other activities to promote cultural awareness among Rio's citizens.

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Museu Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda lovers unite! This small kitsch museum is located at the very southern tip of the Parque do Flamengo. Highlights include memorabilia from the famed singer's life and career. The infamous fruity headdresses are among the singer's paraphernalia and exquisite costumes that are on exhibit. Posters, postcards, T-shirts, and music are on sale as well.

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Amsterdam Sauer

This is a chain of traditional jewelers, with several branches in Rio. Following the trends in international design from Europe and the U.S., Amsterdam Sauer offers some of the best fine jewelry in the country. Efficiency, precision and creativity are their claim to fame. Services like valuation, alterations, antique jewelry restoration and cutting and polishing of raw gems are also available. Amsterdam Sauer also has a museum which is a part of the store. This museum boasts of having over 3000 gems, some of which are very very rare. Take a trip down the museum along with guide booklets and get yourself acquainted with the precious world of gems and stones.

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