Imperial Museum (Petrópolis, Rio de Janeiro) — With a rich history, Petrópolis was the favorite city of Dom Pedro II, who built a palace that served as summer residence of the imperial family. That palace is now the Imperial Museum. The site has a neoclassical architecture, elegant and simple, perfect for a summer house.
With a rich collection of pieces that refer to monarchy, the Museum has furniture used at the time, documents, paintings, art works and even personal objects that belonged to the imperial family. The site has the following open spaces: a dining room; a music room (which preserves instruments such as a golden harp, a 18th-century psaltery – a musical instrument), the piano of Dom Pedro I and a spinet; a State room, where Dom Pedro use to receive official visitors; an office, with scientific instruments and books; and chambers of the princesses and living room of the Empress Teresa Cristina. Admission: R$10 (general), R$5 (students, professors, and the elderly). Free admission to Brazilians over the age of 80 and below the age of 7 years. Hours: 10:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday – Sunday)