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Best Free Museums in Rio de Janeiro

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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.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Museu Villa-Lobos

The life of Brazil's most internationally known classical composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) is celebrated here. Located in Botafogo, in a century-old building, the exhibit includes some of his personal belongings and original musical scores. You can also listen to an extensive musical archive as well as purchase CDs or tapes of his music. Entry is free.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Museu H. Stern

Located in the prestigious Ipanema, this is an absolute must for admirers of rare gems and exclusive design jewellery. Here, at the jeweller's largest branch, there is a 12-minute guided tour around museum, which has an exhibition of rare jewels, minerals and a large display of tourmalines. For the chic visitor there is always the option to buy exclusive jewellery, at H. Stern prices.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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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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