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Butantan Institute

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Address: Av. Vital Brasil 1500, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503, Brazil
Phone Number: (011) 3726-7222
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Frogs and spiders and snakes, oh my! The Instituto Butantan, a biomedical...
Frogs and spiders and snakes, oh my! The Instituto Butantan, a biomedical research and zoological center founded in 1901, has all these creepy crawlies and more. The institute was instrumental in controlling scores of tropical diseases and now focuses on developing vaccines and researching venomous animals. Brazil's largest serpentarium is on-site, as is a convenient anti-venom clinic, just in case things get out of hand. In any event, the kiddies will get a kick out of handling the cool-blooded things, or at least peering at them through reinforced glass. Once you've had your fill of scales and rattles, take a stroll in the lovely landscaped gardens.
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Interesting and well worth a visit

The Butantan Institute is famous for its research into vaccines and snake serums etc. It is well worth a visit and easy to get to; a short walk from the Butanta Metro station or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2014
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Instituto Butantan is among the most interesting places to visit in Sao Paulo. Come alone, with your child, friends... Everyone is going to love it. Ist's composed by three main attractions: biological museum (including the exotic snakes), microbiological museum (virus, bacterias and protozoa) and the historical museum. You can learn how to make vaccines and other drugs. And more:... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Butantan Institute is famous for its research into vaccines and snake serums etc. It is well worth a visit and easy to get to; a short walk from the Butanta Metro station or take a bus to the entrance of the park. There are two museums; one very small on the history and one modern on microbiology. There is... More 

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The grounds of the institute offer a nice little bit of nature in the city, and the exhibits all have signage in English. It's a good hike from the Butanta station, so prepare yourself for that.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Educational, fun and great! This is great for anyone to visit has it gives you a real insight into nature. Wonderful way to spend a couple of hours during the weekend.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Exhibits are distributed over three buildings across the park, and although connected by interesting and shaded cobblestone pathways that provide excellent views of native trees and birds, there is minimal coverage so I'd avoid visiting such place on a rainy day. Tickets were less than $3USD and free for visitors 60yrs or older. Native species of spiders, snakes, lizard and... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This institute, in the middle of the green, is radically different from the chaotic streets of the city. It gives you, your ears and your eyes a pause from the noise and the greyness of São Paulo, exchanging those for a relaxing walk in the park. It's full of little attractions and presents the role and the story of the... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is probably my favorite museum/attraction in São Paulo. The Institute is actually the provider of 80% of Brazil's vaccines, and has a huge infrastructure including a hospital for those who are bitten by snakes, or spiders, or stung by scorpions or caterpillars (seriously, it's bad news from the little fuzzies here). The Biology Museum includes many glass cages of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We went at the recommendation of our tour guide from the day before. Had little idea what to expect and hadn't read any reviews in advance. We spent about 2 hours walking around, visiting the various museums and dodging the groups of school kid tours. (Wed AM). It was a decent excursion and interesting to learn about the place, how... More 

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São Paulo, Sp
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Instituto Butantan is a Brazilian biomedical research center affiliated to the University of São Paulo and the State Secretary of Health. However, it is a major touristic and educational attraction located in a vast park area, whuich also includes three museusm: a historical museum, a biological museum, and a museum of microbiology. All the sins are both in English and... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Did you know Instituto Butantã is a major research lab for vaccines, recognized all over the world? Did you know it has a vaccine factory? Well, you will be able to have very nice visit (the place is an oasis) see and learn about snakes. It is a must for all, specially for kids.

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Butanta
Butantã is home to the main campus of São Paulo’s University, and this neighborhood has a very different feel from the rest of the city. Within a huge green space, covering around eight million square meters, you can feel the fresh air while mingling with recreational athletes exercising along the streets of the university complex. Outside the university, there is a more residential area where you can see children playing. A hot spot in the neighborhood is the Food Truck Park, where people from all over town head to taste mouthwatering meals and desserts.