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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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perfect :)

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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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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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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 

Milton, Georgia
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458 reviews 458 reviews
295 attraction reviews
900 helpful votes 900 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
38 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 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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213 reviews 213 reviews
68 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
97 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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18 reviews 18 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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Angela G, Gerente de relações públicas at National History Museum, responded to this review
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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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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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 

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