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National Museum

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Address: Parque Quinta da Boa Vista | Sao Cristovao, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20940-040, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 21 2562 6900
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Appropriately set in an old colonial building, this museum contains...

Appropriately set in an old colonial building, this museum contains stunning artifacts, including coins, cannons, documents and religious art, which provide a glimpse into Brazilian history.

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Nice museum

It's a nice museum. You can find a different collections there. Also, it's inside "Quinta da Boa Vista" where you can enjoy other activities.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 21, 2016
Natal, RN
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

We arrived at lunchtime, so asked if there was a café. We were directed around the back to the staff canteen where they happily served us lunch! We then had a wander around the museum (warning, they only take cash for tickets, no cards) and found a random mix of meteors, dinosaurs, taxidermy and world and Brazilian history. Most of... More 

Thank Fiona W
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

This place is an undiscovered gem in Rio. It has so much information on a wide variety of topics, including dinosaurs and other extinct species, the history of Brazilian monarchs, animals, palaeontology, the history of the world, space and the universe, and a massive set of exhibits dedicated to native Brazilians. All of the information is in Portuguese so it's... More 

Thank GeorgiaRSwift
Natal, RN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

It's a nice museum. You can find a different collections there. Also, it's inside "Quinta da Boa Vista" where you can enjoy other activities.

Thank 01marilia
Woodside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2016

With the Olympics coming up, the buiding, the organization and the collection is in need of some serious love. The place is literally falling apart, with yellow tape to prevent using the marble bannisters. The collection is interesting--some of my favorites in the photos but many, many canvasses need restoration/cleaning. If there was a cafe or museum shop, it was... More 

1 Thank Muggo11
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2015

The museum itself has an impressive collection but is a little disorganized. The most interesting thing is the building itself (once a residence of the Portuguese royal family after the seat of government was removed from Lisbon to Rio).

1 Thank Thomas M
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2015

This museum is located at a beautiful very important 200 yo building that belonged to the Brazilian monarchy and has an incredible collection with itens over 4 thousand years old. Too bad they are poorly exposed, with little or no information. I understand the museum has been maintained and organised by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, but it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2015

it's a long walk before you can reach there from the station. Fortunately we passed through the garden which has canopy and we can stay away from the sunshine. There are no tour offer in the museum and only Portuguese explanation showing on the exhibits.

1 Thank 954hungg
Maracaibo, Venezuela
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2015

We went to Quinta da Boa Vista because we wanted to see this museum, it was totally worth it! It has a great natural collection (from butterflies to dinosaurs!) plus other collections like the egyptian one which was impressive to find there.

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Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank mvq2014
Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a museum in the middle of a beautiful park, few meters from the Rio ZOO - I recommend to visit the park, museum and ZOO together. The building of the museum is an important part of the Brazilian history. The entrance is reaaaallyyy cheap and the museum has high diversity of the expositions - from dinosaurs to Indians...... More 

1 Thank Ondrej N

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