Unforgettable Carnival Discovery

students playing dress up at the samba museum in rio de janeiro

A hidden gem in the district of Mangueria, a visit to the museum of Samba was the perfect way to add a bit of colour and brightness to a rainy afternoon. A mix of culture, history, art, music and a whole lot of fun, the museum tells the story of Samba right from its birth out of the liberation of Afro-Brazilian enslaved peoples in the 19th century right up to the celebration of Samba carnival is famous for today. We were fortunate to have a guide to take us around the museum, she is the granddaughter of the founder of the museum and a samba singer herself, and so she was able to tell us the story of samba with much heart and soul. The museum has so much to see, and hear – with the costumes, models and sculptures on display and of course the sounds of Samba in every room – like a musical art gallery. We were also shown a film about the history of Samba and the creation of samba schools – which was really interesting. Finally, and my favourite part of this Rio-Live, we had the opportunity to try on some of the carnival costumes and practise some of our best samba moves! I’m not sure any of us will make it to the Sapucaiu, but all of us agreed we have a new appreciation and heart for Samba, from the Museu da Samba.

Charlene Anderson, England

Learning about the history of samba

Our first RioLIVE! at the Samba Museum was a thrill. We uncovered the hidden history of samba, danced with samba legends’ descendants, and enjoyed an engaging Carnival documentary, while simultaneously improving our Portuguese. The highlight? Trying on authentic Carnival costumes – a memory to cherish.

Room with carnival costumes

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