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“Great for kids”
Review of Butantan Institute

Butantan Institute
Ranked #45 of 754 things to do in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 17, 2013

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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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Did you know Instituto Butantã is a major research lab for vaccines, recognized all over the world? Did you know it has a vaccine factory? Well, you will be able to have very nice visit (the place is an oasis) see and learn about snakes. It is a must for all, specially for kids.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Some good collection of snakes and educational material on vaccines and epidemics. Total impression was that they could do more to catch the interest of the visitor. Felt sorry for the monkeys.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

I would say this is a must while you visit são paulo specially with kids. There is a nice educational museum and on some hours of the day they show you how they take venom of the snakes

2  Thank wuduland
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I went because it has good reviews on tripadvisor, but that was deceptive.

First of all, they have monkeys trapped in cages which are alone. It says that they used to be used for experiments, although it seems to me they are probably still experimenting on them. And if not, why keep them there? They are set in separate small wire cages, with only a concrete floor, some food, and if they are lucky a rope that is strung along the top of it. No toys, no companionship, and they clearly depressed and lonely and it's extremely cruel to keep them like that. Disgustingly, people generally seem oblivious to this.

I am including a photo with this post so you can see their living conditions for yourself.

Secondly, there's nothing really interesting to see there. The slightly interesting thing is that it is a biological museum, so they have a vast array of snakes (most of the species that are in south america). And although I love snakes, after you have walked by 20 of them, the next 80 really don't stay in your mind or catch your interest.

It's pretty far out of town so tends to kill your day, and is not interesting, and if you go you are supporting them while they mistreat their animals. So it's definitely best to avoid it.

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