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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 #41 of 479 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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Florianopolis, SC
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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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Puerto Rico
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22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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15 helpful votes 15 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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113 reviews 113 reviews
45 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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37 helpful votes 37 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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277 reviews 277 reviews
110 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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Chicago, Illinois
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A little out of the way. Really enjoyed the visit. Nice presentation of Brazilian history from precolonial to present along with atttractive exhibits. Almost everything was also presented in English. 2-3 hours.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We always try to visit the national museum of any country which we visit, not least to see how the country concerned views itself. We thought that this was an excellent museum, clearly explaining the history of Brazil. It's worth far more than merely filling in time on a rainy day. We recommend it to anyone who wants a better... More

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