Museum of History and Diplomacy
Its extensive collection of objects will give you an insight into Brazil's past
A journey through Brazil's diplomatic past
Inside Itamaraty Palace, on central Avenida Marechal Floriano, you will find this enormous museum, which opened in 1957. Although part of its heritage dates back to 1970, when the Ministry of Foreign Affaires was moved to Brasilia, the largest part of its tradition comes from inside, and can still be seen today. Divided between two floors and 23 rooms, the museum looks back at Brazil's diplomatic history, through an extensive collection of more than 5,600 pieces, including furniture, coins, carpets, crockery, porcelain figures and French watches. There is also a space designated to tapestries, medals and works of art, amongst many other antiques. Most of the items and documents displayed are from the colonial period, dating back to earlier than 1808, when the Portuguese Royal Family arrived in Río de Janeiro. Over the last 30 years, the building has been subjected to different renovations, in order to resolve different technical problems and recreate a traditional 19th century Brazilian home with a neoclassical edge. There are guided tours available throughout the day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These can last up to 45 minutes, and allow tourists to submerge themselves in the most profound moments of Brazil's diplomatic history.