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National History Museum

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Address: Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-200, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 21 3299 0311
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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
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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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Good place to learn about Brazil's history

Located in an attractively restored old military building, this museum gives a good illustrated over view of Brazil's history. It covers early inhabitants as well as the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ann M
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London, England, United Kingdom

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London, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in an attractively restored old military building, this museum gives a good illustrated over view of Brazil's history. It covers early inhabitants as well as the Portuguese invaders and huge numbers of African slaves who ended up in Brazil. Could have provided more info about the country's transition from monarchy to democracy. Signage in English but that was our... 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 

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49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife had warned me that the museum was spectacular, and once again she was right. The overall facility is very well kept. The historical timeline flows from room to room, making it easy for history buffs to compare occurrences in Europe and elsewhere in South America. Lots and lots of original artifacts, in fact I don't recall seeing any... 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 

Arlington, VA
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58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Very much enjoyed the space, the layout and the artifacts. The museum uses mixed media techniques to bring the history of Brazil to life. I appreciate that there does not seem to be any sugar coating of the history of the indigenous people or the ugly history of slavery. I would have liked to see a bit more about modern... 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! Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More 

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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

This museum was average. I will say I was happy to see it, but would not go back. The museum boasts a collection of over 250,000 different items. We found it was mostly different types of coins. The audio guide also wasn't working, but I wouldn't bother with it anyways, as the highest number for it was 15 and most... More 

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Angela G, Gerente de recepção 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 

Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

All museums in Rio are cheap by USA standards. It was well worth the visit, to learn about the colonial history of the city and the country.

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

Dear Mrs, 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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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Rio isn't always sunshine and beaches, so keep this up your sleeve for when it rains. A good two hours, the exhibition is what you'd expect: history of Brazil with a bit of focus on Rio. It cost Brazilian $8 to go, and on a Saturday afternoon Mid-September was pretty quiet. Pay attention to opening hours, when I went it... 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! Sincerely, Angela Cardoso Guedes Press Advisor Museu Histórico Nacional More 

Houston, Texas, United States
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80 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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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642 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,306 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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61 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Staying in Centro

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Centro
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.