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Butantan Institute

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Address: Avenida Doutor Vital Brasil 1500, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503-900, Brazil
Phone Number: (011) 3726-7222
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Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 6:00 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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Beautiful Campus and Cool Snakes

The campus is beautiful and peaceful. I enjoyed walking around the park-like grounds. But lets be honest, if you're coming here, you're coming to see the snakes. Which are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The campus is beautiful and peaceful. I enjoyed walking around the park-like grounds. But lets be honest, if you're coming here, you're coming to see the snakes. Which are super cool. They have tons of specimens displayed in unique ways (e.g. the coral vs false coral snakes). BUT... you're not the only one coming to see the snakes. There are... More 

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Fawley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

This is something of a hidden gem in São Paulo. There are some nice touches and it's good that many of the displays are in English and well written. The array of snakes, spiders, etc. native to Brazil is also impressive. The disappointment was that many of the exhibits were closed during our visit, and while it's cheap to enter... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

The museum is small but shows many species of snakes, frogs and lizards. Great to go with children as everything is very interactive and the guides are more than happy to answer any question about the animals. We were also able to see one snakes' venom extraction (although I don't know if it is for every visitor as we went... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

If you want too see a lot of snakes huddling together in a grassy hill during the wet season - you come to the right place, but what's the idea ? Nothing to see outside, a small museum inside. You are not satisfied when you leave, believe me. Take a drink somewhere else.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

Institute dedicated to research of these creatures and responsible for the development of antidotes, but situated in the middle of a very nice park and having lots of educational activities, especially for kids. They tend to be a little bit afraid of the snakes, but very nice way to explain how these things work and teach them about the subject,... More 

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São Paulo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

Butantan is one of the world´s most important research centers on tropical diseases and must be one of the few tourist attractions with an emergency center where you can go if you have been bitten by a snake or poisonous insect. It has a number of museums, snake pits and a monkey house, and is located within the enormous wooded... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016

The institute is steeped in history and set in beautiful gardens. There are exhibits about the history of the institute which was set up to look for cures to tropical diseases and develop snake antevenom. There is a good display as you walk along the main boulevard of the long history of the hospital, research institute and gardens. It is... More 

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Sao Psulo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

you will find a lot of green in the huge area of the institute. an amazing and lived collection of snakes and other small animals like monkeys . you will be very near these amazing animals that are spread all over the country from the most different species do not be afraid.. you will always be secure and safe

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016

Butantan is a park where it is nice to walk. But there is also a breed of snakes, that can be viewed outdoors. There is a snack bar, museums and space for children to play.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

The Butantan Institute is an institute for snakes and escorpions study. The develop vaccines, antidotes and research. great variety of Snakes.

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Butantã is home to the main campus of São Paulo’s University, and this neighborhood has a very different feel from the rest of the city. Within a huge green space, covering around eight million square meters, you can feel the fresh air while mingling with recreational athletes exercising along the streets of the university complex. Outside the university, there is a more residential area where you can see children playing. A hot spot in the neighborhood is the Food Truck Park, where people from all over town head to taste mouthwatering meals and desserts.
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