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“Essential for the foreign visitor”

National History Museum
Ranked #53 of 741 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Okay, so my family was not interested in visiting the museum with me. Its great. How much do you know about Brazilian history? Learn it here. From the native people to modern history, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about Brazil. I did not rent the English headset, most of the exhibit information is also in English. If you are interested in history, its a must see.

4  Thank ReadyToGoHome
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

The museum lays out the history of Brazil from the Paleolitic Age to modern times. Very interesting aboriginal artifacts and well explained displays in English and Portuguese. It is a must for someone who is interested in the history of slavery and the influence of black religion on Brazilian society today.

3  Thank M2C7
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The museum doesn't look all that big from the outside but is actually huge! You can spend hours in there - and it's worth it. Very well laid out, lots of explanations, nice collections. The audio guides were not available when we visited but most displays have english explanations anyway.

3  Thank FlyingDutchmanYVR
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

This museum was under reconstruction when I visited, so only the anthropology and religious art sections were open to visitors. The anthropology section was the most interesting with its extensive collection of ancient pottery and other handmade artifacts. Admission was 8 BRLs, about $4.

1  Thank Don_G_Wright
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Museu Histórico Nacional reviews the history of Brazil in great detail since pre-Brazil prehistoric times. The museum does an excellent job in making the history of Brazil alive and I found it very engaging and interesting (some of these national history museum can be quite boring after a while, especially in delving into extraneous matters in excessive detail). I learnt a lot - and, by the way, it was not all self flattering, the shame of slavery and the exhaustively long process of abolishing slavery in Brazil were discussed in great detail.

The only problem, and it is quite understandable, is that the years after 1930 are quite abbreviated and glossed over. This is especially glaring when it comes to the years after 1964 and the long military dictatorship. It is hard for a national museum to come to term with recent events (and 1930 is relatively recent when one consider history of 12,000 years...)

Most exhibits have English language signs and explanations. In comparison, the acoustic guide was uninformative and nearly useless.

This is a highly recommended museum.

3  Thank Reuel_Tidhar
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