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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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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, not a must

It's a common visit to brazilian students while in high school. As a tourist It will be pleasant only if you are into snakes, insects and this stuff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Osasco, SP

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is the place if you like snakes. It has a open tank with shakes from different species. Also a vet hospital. The place is rounded of nature and interpretative. There is a museum with rare snake species and a lab where you take donate your snake and where the vaccine against snake bit is produced. This place was and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

is the main producer of immunobiological products in Brazil.The Institute maintains scientific zoological collections and develops educational and cultural activities through its four Museums – the Biological, Historical, Microbiology and Emilio Ribas Public Health.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Great for those interested in biology and reptiles. Good museum and outside space. Also great for families.

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Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

All three museums can be easily visited in about 1 hour and a half. From my childhood memories I used to see Butantan as a rather nice place to go. It was not quite like it this time. No interactions are available, we would love to see the snakes being fed (No!), the animals free in the outside tanks (No!),... More 

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Osasco, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

It's a common visit to brazilian students while in high school. As a tourist It will be pleasant only if you are into snakes, insects and this stuff.

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Dongguan, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Huge collection of ophidian great place to get a deeper look on that species of wildlife Ideal for students and wildlife lovers

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Campinas, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

For anyone who loves Biology or learning itself, it's a great place. Loads of amazing animals to see and stuff to learn about Microbiology and the museum history. The only inconvenient is that the subway station is really far from the museum, so get a cab.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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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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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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Address: Av. Vital Brasil 1500, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503, Brazil
Phone Number: (011) 3726-7222
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Sao Paulo (SP)  >  Sao Paulo>  > Butanta
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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