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National History Museum

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Address: Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: (21) 2550-9220
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Originally a fort and ammunition depot, the National History Museum today...
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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Nicest staff ever and great exhibitions

We went there on a Sunday and it was free. A really nice staff person was there and explain to us how the museum was organized, everything in a perfect English. We had to leave... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Lausanne, Switzerland

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We went there on a Sunday and it was free. A really nice staff person was there and explain to us how the museum was organized, everything in a perfect English. We had to leave our bags at the locker room (free). The museum is really well done with bilingual explanation (pr and en) with images, maps, videos and objects... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Gives good perspective of Brazil. English for all exhibits. Kind of out of the way but still easy to walk to if already in Centro. May be even nice once the apparent new building under construction is opened.

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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! Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

You get a better idea of how Brazil came to be and there's a lot of surprises behind the history of Brazil. There's a lot of to see and read about. I recommended going to anyone going for the first time to Rio.

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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 

Minnesota
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604 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I visited this museum on my first full day in the city. Mentioned in any half-reputable guidebook, the Museu Historic Nacional is located in the Castelo neighborhood around quite a bit of construction. Admission is a very reasonable R$8. An audio guide is offered next to the ticket desk but entirely not necessary if you can read English. The museum... 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 

New York City, New York
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62 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The museum shows a great exibition of the history of Brasil beginning with the indigenas history,then the slavery and the colonial period of the Portuguese. I recommend this museum because the collections are excellent. But the only problem is that on Saturday and Sunday they open at 2pm and is very isolated the area,very dangerous. The bus left me far... 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 to open the museum early was sent our Director, Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More 

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I love this museum, i have been there 5 times. Before i leaved London i visited last time. I think it is the one of the perfect place in London after Science Museum.

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

Dear Sir, I think you are mentioning a museum in London ... but I hope you can visit us also in Brazil one day! Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional Brasil More 

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is a great little museum that leads you by the hand through each phase of its history. A great selection of artefacts, paintings, and video walls gives you a great overview of turbulent times. Slavery and the indigenous people's are well documented and it's only as you get to more recent times it struggled for a narrative. Well worth... More 

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

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

Alpharetta, Georgia
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714 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,415 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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166 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 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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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! Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More 

Reading, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 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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