Rio’s New Immigration Museum Opens in São Gonçalo

Just a short drive out of the city, is the “Brazilian Ellis Island,” Rio’s recently opened interactive Immigration Museum, located on a historic site where hundreds of thousands of Brazil’s immigrants passed for almost one hundred years.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Located just across Guanabara Bay, off the Niterói Bridge in São Gonçalo, is a historic site called Ilha das Flores (Island of Flowers) which is the location of Rio’s Immigration Museum.

The recently opened interactive museum and open-air attraction tells the stories of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who passed through the island before entering Brazil.

Similar to Ellis Island in New York, from 1883 to 1966, newly arrived immigrants to Brazil, upon arriving on the shores of Rio, were immediately brought to . . .

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