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National History Museum

Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-200, Brazil
+55 21 3299 0311
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From Colonial to Present Times

It would be expected to find information and objects from the Portuguese Explorations of the world... read more

Reviewed September 6, 2016
Leona F
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Large and interesting

This is a quite large museum which tells a detailed story about the history of Brasil. The exhibits... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2016
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Originally a fort and ammunition depot, the National History Museum today houses permanent and temporary exhibitions marking the social and economic history of Brazil. Highlights include an extensive numismatic collection, a sacred art exhibit of shrines and paintings, and an exhibit devoted to carriages and transportation.
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Praca Marechal Ancora, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-200, Brazil
+55 21 3299 0311
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

It would be expected to find information and objects from the Portuguese Explorations of the world (1415-1822) to the founding of the National State of Brazil (1822-1889) and the historical travails of its citizens (1889-now) in a magnificent building in newsly revealed center/port area of...More

1  Thank Leona F
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a quite large museum which tells a detailed story about the history of Brasil. The exhibits include numerous very interesting artifacts, both small, big and very large - among others some huge paintings about the war of Independence. The exhibits cover the whole...More

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Reviewed July 16, 2016

My travel guide book recommended allocating around 3 hours for the visit. I spent 90 min and I covered almost everything related to the permanent exhibition. I simply expected more from the National Museum. I visited the museum on Wednesday at 10:30 -ish; I was...More

2  Thank VladMI
Reviewed July 14, 2016

At a mere R$8 for entry this museum is a bargain - I spent a very enjoyable morning wandering around learning about Brazil's history. It's well laid-out, taking you through history by stages from prehistoric to independence, with the highlights probably being the Portuguese invasions...More

1  Thank Joanne H
Reviewed June 9, 2016

Well curated, excellent English translations. Definitely recommend a visit if you want to know more about the history of this country.

1  Thank izzylondon652
Reviewed May 4, 2016

I really liked my visit to this Museum, there is a nice summary of Brazilian history presented in a nice way. My husband loved as well.

1  Thank Natali222
Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

We went as a family with two teenagers! Everyone found something of interest! Exhibition is provided with english translations! We got wonderful overview of the historical development of the country. Much to see and experience!

Thank Kaidikrimm
Reviewed April 11, 2016

We were really glad we decided to visit this museum! It's excellent - provides a very good, well laid out overview of Brazil's history from pre-colonial times to the present day. Everything had English translations, it was modern and had a good balance of written...More

1  Thank Thelastdodo2
Reviewed April 11, 2016

I really enjoyed this museum and learned a lot. I was previously pretty ignorant of Brazilian history but this whetted my appetite and I hope to visit next time I am in Rio. When I was there, a mid-week afternoon, there were few other visitors....More

1  Thank John_Conakry
Reviewed March 31, 2016

Lots of different areas to learn about the history of Brazil, and a great place to spend an afternoon. The people at the front desk speak English are very helpful and friendly, and all exhibit signs are in English too.

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born.
With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical
buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living
proof that the old and the new can live together
harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where
all major companies house their offices. However, the
region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like
the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that
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