This museum was created after the restoration of the Historical Farroupilha Museum and was opened in July 2006. It presents the evolution of the city, from its pre-historical occupation, its Portuguese-Brazilian settlements from 1789, as well as the references to the writer from Piratini, Luiz Carlos Barbosa Lessa (1929-2002).
Barbosa Lessa was born at the farm Boa Esperança (Good Hope), currently inside the urban perimeter. He was Luiz de Oliveira Lessa and Alda Barbosa Lessa's son. At first he studied with his mother, who taught him - amongst other things - musical theory. At ten years old he had already written his first short story. He studied at the gymnasium in Pelotas and, after that, went to the Julio de Castilhos College at Porto Alegre. At the college he met Paixão Cortes with whom, in 1947, he created the Department of Gaúchas Traditions (Department for cultivating Southern Brazilian heritage and traditions) from Grêmio Estudantil Julino (students' association).
The creation of the department ended with the foundation of the Movimento Tradicionalista and the CTG35 (both movements for preserving the heritage and traditions from the gauchos, inhabitants from the pampa, the dominant biome from southern Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. For more information about the gauchos: http://www.bbqontheleather.com/). In 1959 he was awarded by the Brazilian Academy of Literature for the novel Os Guaxos. He was a lawyer who devoted his life to culture, romances, poetry and music. He was secretary of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism from the state of Rio Grande do Sul and founded the House of Culture Mario Quintana, which is located in Porto Alegre.
Address: Blvd Gomes Jardim, 104
(Antiga Rua Clara).
Telephones: (53) 3257.1200 and 3257.1201
Open: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 - 16:30h
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 14:30 - 16:30h
Constructed on 1819, the building belonged to captain Manuel Gonçalves Meirelles, Bento Gonçalves da Silva’s uncle. During the ragamuffins time, the Ministery of War was there, as well as a public school for boys. Most probably the edifice has being a shop in the first floor and family residence in the second floor when it was built. In 1878, it came back to be residence. Since 1954 it shelters the Historical Farroupilha Museum, created by the State Governors on the year before.
Address: Colonel Manuel Pedroso
(Old Bonfim street), 77, corner Bento Gonçalves street (Old Clara street).
Telephones: (53) 3257.1481
Open: Tuesday - Friday, 09:00 - 11:30,
13:30 - 17:00
Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 14:30 - 17:00