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National History Museum

Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(21) 2550-9220
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Ranked #38 of 489 Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Originally a fort and ammunition depot, the National History Museum today houses permanent and temporary exhibitions marking the social and economic... more » Owner description: Originally a fort and ammunition depot, the National History Museum today houses permanent and temporary exhibitions marking the social and economic history of Brazil. HIghlights include an extensive numismatic collection, a sacred art exhibit of shrines and paintings, and an exhibit devoted to carriages and transportation. « less
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great day out covering history of Brazil and bringing history to life. Plenty to keep visitors attention, although plenty more possible. Would be nice to have a café and a better shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Small museum for a national museum - spent 2 to 3 hrs here. A good overview of Brazil's history - get the audio guides in English for R$8.

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Angela G, Gerente de relações públicas at National History Museum, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your evaluation about the Museu Histórico Nacional! Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More

Florianopolis, SC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Nice place to visit and get to know the brazilian histor better. Its really organized and people are very helpful. Its also really well located, you can go walking to the Colombo Bakery, Paço and other central locations. Dont miss the gift shop, there are really cute things there :)

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Prezada Senhora, Agradecemos sua avaliação do Museu Histórico Nacional, na certeza de que a mesma muito nos incentiva a prosseguir... More

Puerto Rico
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This museum is a jewel on Brazilian history, culture, information and the development of Brazil. It includes the imperial, colonial, contemporaneous and technological parts of the Brazilian history. It has valuable information and the locals and visitors can appreciate to understand the Brazilian culture, history and thus, its present.

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Upstate New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Fairly typical museum of national history though the introductory video is strangely self referential and absorbed. Interesting political history but really short changes the role of slavery. Some wonderful artifacts. Be aware that on Saturday it does not open until 2pm. Kind of out of the way.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The museum itself is not that impressive. Its ok! its interesting. But I had a month to discover the city, so it was an addition to everything else. If I had less time, probably it would not be necessary. I went there mainly because I wanted to see the Olympics 2016 exhibition. And I was happy to do that. Although... More

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Angela G, Gerente de relações públicas at National History Museum, responded to this review

Dear Sir, Thank you for your nice words about the Museu Histórico Nacional, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More

Los Angeles, California, USA
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50 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

When I travel abroad I always make sure to visit the city's National Museum to understand the culture, history, the people and the country I am visiting. Rio's National History Museum gives an overview of the country's rich culture from colonial to modern times. It's not a huge museum, but it's well kept and well presented. Expect to spend 3... More

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Angela G, Gerente de relações públicas at National History Museum, responded to this review

Dear Sir, Thank you for your nice words about the Museu Histórico Nacional, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More

Sao Paulo
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The museum was closed Monday 30, because it was a Monday, a day during which the Museum closes for the weekly rest of its functionaries. Then it was closed Tuesday, 31, because it was the day before New Year´s. And obviously it was also closed Wednesday, January 1st. So, if you were or will be in Rio around holidays, check... More

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Toronto, Canada
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Starting with its original inhabitants more than 12,000 years ago, the museum takes you through the colonial era, lingering slavery, the enlightened Dom Pedro II to the modern world. It helps to understand today's problems and opportunities. A great learning experience presented in an interesting manner.

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Angela G, Gerente de relações públicas at National History Museum, responded to this review

Dear Sir, Thank you for your nice words about the Museu Histórico Nacional, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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171 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I visited Rio many times and at this time I took proper time to visit this Museum with a group of friends. The building itself is already an interesting example of Brazilian colonial architecture and the collection is nicely displayed. The Museum has the biggest collection of coins and paper money from Latin America and one of the most important... More

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