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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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9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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I don't think I'm the best person to talk about Butantan Institute, because I work here for 6 years and I really enjoy this place. It has a great park, beautiful museums, you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Karen H

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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

As the title says, the setting is beautiful. Kinkd of a forest. Good to walk around. The instute, however, is very poor. Go only if you are crazy about snakes.

Thank Denise S
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I don't think I'm the best person to talk about Butantan Institute, because I work here for 6 years and I really enjoy this place. It has a great park, beautiful museums, you can bird-watch, run away from traffic jams and noise... and still work. I work as a scientist at the Lab of Pharmacology, with Neuroscience (and rats, not... More 

Thank Karen H
Overland Park, Kansas
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56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The Butantan Institute is one of a kind Science Institute. Most of the sneak anti-poison treatments are produce here for worldwide use. It is one of a kind place, if you are science oriented person. They will take you on a tour where you can see the snakes they use to produce the serum to produce the anti-serum to protect... More 

Thank Robert H
Sao Paulo, SP
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

It's a place that you can go if you are in São Paulo with kids. It's nice for the kids to play around but the place can improve much more. The museum is nice but nothing much compared with the others museums around the world.

Thank Maíra B
Calgary, Canada
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274 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
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 

Thank vvdantas
State of Sao Paulo
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53 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

Thank bmgimenes
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

Thank Marina A
Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 

Thank Ricardo G
Osasco, SP
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47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

Thank Julio Cesar R
Dongguan, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
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

Thank Ivan S

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