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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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Snakes, serpents, lizards, spiders...and lots of fun!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
Sao Paulo, SP
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars 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 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Sao Paulo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

More than a museum it's part of a research institute. Reptiles, that's the main theme and that's why it's so interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

As a biologist I love this place. They have visitings and offers course for students too. Worthy of visiting if you are in town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Enjoyed tremendously the Biological museum/Historical Museum/ Microbiological Museum each showing their role from1890's to present in the anti-venom/vaccine creation and ongoing world renowned research in collaboration with other nations' health institutes and organizations to resolve many international outbreaks of diseases. As an extra treat only held on Thursday's if it is not raining is the Hands On Experience with Serpentarium's... More 

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