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National History Museum

Address: Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: (21) 2550-9220
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Ranked #53 of 566 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, 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...
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Attraction details
Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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.

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Milton, Georgia
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432 reviews 432 reviews
283 attraction reviews
823 helpful votes 823 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Things that may be helpful: 1) This museum is in Centro which is very empty on weekends. It is not safe to walk to the museum or around the area during weekends. We took a car from our hotel in Ipanema and had the driver wait for the 2-3 hours we were inside. He reported that he saw 3 robberies... More 

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

Dear Sir, Thanks for your nice evaluation about the Museu Histórico Nacional, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional Brasil More 

Maracaibo, Venezuela
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115 reviews 115 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This place was wonderful. I'm not a big history fan but this exposition takes you "by the hand" from the first indigenous inhabitants until present day, all explained both in portuguese and english. Well presented and mantained. Will go back soon!

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

Reading, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
38 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A really nice little day trip if you want to go to centro. Its very quite and the staff are lovely. There is lots to see and they are loads of different things going on. Check the website first to see what they have on for that month. I recommend going for a trip in the afternoon and then seeing... More 

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

Dear Visitor, Thank you for your kind words about the Museu Histórico Nacional! Your suggestion will be send to our Director, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More 

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208 reviews 208 reviews
66 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A good place to know better about the history about Brazil from the first man to come to the Americas to the actual country.

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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 evaluation about our museum, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes More 

Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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97 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Expected to see something bigger, but not too disappointed. Unfortunately dint know portugese so could not follow anything, it had few mummies, dinosaur skeletons, meteors, things from Amazonian tribes etc which was interesting to see. U can cover the whole in 1 hour.

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

Dear Sir, I think you have visited the Museu Nacional da Quinta da Boa Vista, in São Cristóvão. The Museu Histórico Nacional has English texts in all its exhibitions. Hoping you can visit us one day, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

If you are a foreigner, this is a great way to learn about the Brazilian history. Take a Brazilian friend with you though, they will make it all much clearer!

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

Ambala, India
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30 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We really enjoyed the walk up to the building with huge trees of different varieties.The museum is really very nice and informative.It has so many historical things with little notes to read.We spent close to 2 hours to go through each and every hall.

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

Dear Sir, Thanks for your nice evaluation about the Museu Histórico Nacional, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional Brasil More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If it weren't for the odd itinerant expositions one wonders why this museum exists at all ... A waste of time and effort.

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

Dear Sir, Please, we would like to understand better why didn´t you like our Museum, exhibitions and collection. It doesn´t help you to know a little bit more about our History? We try to offer a vision of Brasil, from the indians to the 21 century, throughout five exhibitions all with English texts. If you wish, please send us a... More 

Memphis
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Good place to spend two hours or so learning about Brazil's history. I went on a Friday afternoon and aside from a school group of rowdy teenagers, the museum was quiet. Most exhibit rooms (once I let the kids pass) I had to myself (except for the guards, who followed me around. Side eye at that.) The audio tour was... More 

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Dear Madam, Thanks for your nice evaluation about the Museu Histórico Nacional, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional Brasil More 

Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very well designed, excellent layout and in-depth information, accessible to all public, very friendly staff and an excellent restaurant on site. The main part (retracing Brazil national history) takes around 1h30 to visit and then there's some other parts to visit too. Definitely a nice half-day excursion in Rio.

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Dear Sir, Thanks for your nice evaluation about the Museu Histórico Nacional, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional Brasil More 

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