Built in 1826 by the Viscount of Araruama,, the Casa Quissamã Museum is influenced by the “bandeirista” architecture (with living rooms located in the middle of the house and bedrooms on the sides). In 2005 the mayorship began renovating the house and it was reopened in 2006. The museum is currently home to a wealth of objects and documents tracing the history of that municipality and the surrounding area, and is used year-round for a variety of exhibits and performances.
The house’s courtyard is an attraction in itself. It’s there where one can find a rare baobab tree, planted by slaves who brought the seedling from their home land. The municipality is one of the few locations in Brazil with a tree of this kind. Besides Rio de Janeiro, it is present only in the states of Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará. The famous imperial palm trees surround the house.
Besides Casa Quissamã, the municipality has several other historical and cultural spots to offer, such as Casa Mato de Pipa, Fazenda Machadinha, Solar de Mandiqueira, Centro Cultural Sobradinho, Fazenda São Miguel and Fazenda Santa Francisco.
Address: Rodovia RJ106, s/n. Centro, Quissamã, 28735-00 – RJ
Phone: +55 (22) 2768-1332
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Free access