We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National History Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: (21) 2550-9220
Website
Today
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 329 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 180
    Excellent
  • 116
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Superb museum, worth a complete visit during your time in Rio.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
midway42
,
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Similar Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Add Photo

329 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
579 reviews
473 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,260 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Level Contributor
61 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Level Contributor
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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
Level Contributor
81 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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
Level Contributor
589 reviews
372 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,191 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 8
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
Level Contributor
116 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Level Contributor
101 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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 

Level Contributor
257 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Level Contributor
99 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Angela G, Gerente de relações públicas at National History Museum, responded to this review
Google Translation

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

Travelers who viewed National History Museum also viewed

 

Been to National History Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about National History Museum

Address: Address: Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: (21) 2550-9220
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National History Museum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from National History Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?