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Butantan Institute

Av. Vital Brasil 1500, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503, Brazil
(011) 3726-7222
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Ranked #94 of 443 attractions in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Frogs and spiders and snakes, oh my! The Instituto Butantan, a biomedical research and zoological center founded in 1901, has all these creepy... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Varese, Italia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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177 reviews 177 reviews
59 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
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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77 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Sweden
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Some good collection of snakes and educational material on vaccines and epidemics. Total impression was that they could do more to catch the interest of the visitor. Felt sorry for the monkeys.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I would say this is a must while you visit são paulo specially with kids. There is a nice educational museum and on some hours of the day they show you how they take venom of the snakes

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I went because it has good reviews on tripadvisor, but that was deceptive. First of all, they have monkeys trapped in cages which are alone. It says that they used to be used for experiments, although it seems to me they are probably still experimenting on them. And if not, why keep them there? They are set in separate small... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

This place is awesome to get to know all about snakes. It's intriguing and very, very curious. This institute is famous and highly respected as a scientific example and also is responsible for the production of almost all brazilian antidotes for snake bites. That's why there are some many species here and in such large concentration.

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