Instituto Butantan is a Brazilian biomedical research center affiliated to the University of São Paulo and the State Secretary of Health. However, it is a major touristic and educational attraction located in a vast park area, whuich also includes three museusm: a historical museum, a biological museum, and a museum of microbiology. All the sins are both in English and Portuguese, a rare thing in public places in Brazil. The venom farm is a major attraction and visitors can see the snakes housed in representations of their natural environments. The park also contains rare tree types and is great for a weekend picknick. A simple, but fair, snack bar provides food and beverages. Only the museums are paid (BRL 6.00 - less than USD 3.00 for the three museums). You can wander in the park or play ball with your kids. The tress provide great shade for a pleasant time in the park.
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