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National Museum

Address: Quinta da Boa Vista | Sao Cristovao, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Campo Grande)
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Ranked #139 of 566 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: Appropriately set in an old colonial building, this museum contains stunning artifacts, including...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Appropriately set in an old colonial building, this museum contains stunning artifacts, including coins, cannons, documents and religious art, which provide a glimpse into Brazilian history.

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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

it's a long walk before you can reach there from the station. Fortunately we passed through the garden which has canopy and we can stay away from the sunshine. There are no tour offer in the museum and only Portuguese explanation showing on the exhibits.

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We went to Quinta da Boa Vista because we wanted to see this museum, it was totally worth it! It has a great natural collection (from butterflies to dinosaurs!) plus other collections like the egyptian one which was impressive to find there.

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Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
97 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Could be a great place if well maintained. It is in tatters, though. The collection itself (natural history) is only for those who never been to a real museum before.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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85 reviews 85 reviews
74 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a museum in the middle of a beautiful park, few meters from the Rio ZOO - I recommend to visit the park, museum and ZOO together. The building of the museum is an important part of the Brazilian history. The entrance is reaaaallyyy cheap and the museum has high diversity of the expositions - from dinosaurs to Indians...... More 

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Campinas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

The Museum is located at Quinta da Boa Vista park, in the building that originally was the royal`s family house. They entrance to the museum is very cheap. But, the place don`t look very well conserved (looking at the walls and roof that contains part of the history of the place). Unfortunatelly the upper floors were under reform and inaccessible... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Museu Nacional is one of the oldest museums in the Americas, created in the late 18th century and it has one of the world's largest collections of Natural History, with almost 20 million objects. The Egyptian collection, one of the largest of its kind outside Egypt, is impressive, with its dozens of mummies and well conserved sarcophagi, the Greek... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Not much to see, I guess it depends on what they are showing, but generally its below average. Access through Sao Cristóvão.

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Rio de Janeiro
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Mummies, dinosaurs, indian culture, and much more can be found in the Museum, that once was home to Brazil's Emperors. Just a walking distance from it, the must-see Zoo is really nice. Don't expect a very good structure, but focus on the animals. Birds, snakes, monkeys and much more!!!! Take your kids and have fun!

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Rio de Janeiro
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211 reviews 211 reviews
98 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Could be a great place if well maintained. It is in tatters, though. The collection itself (natural history) is only for those who never been to a real museum before.

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