As people enter, there is an elegant premise which shows a chronological vision of carnival in Uruguay since the time of the colony until today. The events that gave rise to this artistic expression are shown on big wavy notice boards.
A cobble-stone road goes through the interior of the museum which makes it the first museum in the world to have a real street inside of it. This is quite relevant since in this particular case the carnival is a street and neighborhood celebration.
Among the notice boards with information and the different rooms there are displays of masks, models, and pictures that were taken during preparations in 1935. In a room next door, a traveling display called "Dressing the murga" can be seen. It shows the wardrobes used by seven murgas that got the highest score in the 2006 carnival.
In this colorful way, visitors learn that the immigrants who founded Montevideo in the XVIII century brought with them much more than simple things; they also brought their customs, fashion and beliefs.
Each notice board explains the strong roots that the carnival has in the African culture in this country. It seems that the Africans who arrived in Uruguay as a result of slave trade brought with them rhythms and languages that, with time, were incorporated into the traditional carnival festivals rediscovering their original meanings.
Along came the drums, their sound began to dominate all the ceremonies and ended up joining the two cultures. The Uruguayan carnival found its own style of music: the candombe
The museum shines from wherever you look at it. There is no doubt that it is a great attraction of the city.Thanks to its premises, carnival can be experienced all year round. It is an open experience which has shaped several cultures in its democratic and vital forge from its creation. We highly recommend it.
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Useful DataHow to get there
The museum is located at 218 25 de Agosto de 1825 Promenade, opposite the Montevideo port and near the market port.Opening hours
all day.Bear in mind
We suggest having a guide for the visit. Feedback goes a long way and helps to a better understanding of the carnival in Uruguay.