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“A peaceful and interesting place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Butantan Institute

Butantan Institute
Ranked #47 of 712 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Sao Paulo, SP
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A peaceful and interesting place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

This institute, in the middle of the green, is radically different from the chaotic streets of the city. It gives you, your ears and your eyes a pause from the noise and the greyness of São Paulo, exchanging those for a relaxing walk in the park.
It's full of little attractions and presents the role and the story of the place, with a variety of museums.
Informative without being boring, and very peaceful.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank JanceV
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Dark, under-loved but incredible snakes, lizards & creepy crawlies”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is probably my favorite museum/attraction in São Paulo. The Institute is actually the provider of 80% of Brazil's vaccines, and has a huge infrastructure including a hospital for those who are bitten by snakes, or spiders, or stung by scorpions or caterpillars (seriously, it's bad news from the little fuzzies here). The Biology Museum includes many glass cages of the most gorgeous snakes you'll ever see. And other beasties too. My six-year olds love it. The microbiology museum is also good to check out the beasties that cause dengue under the microscope. And examine some water full of paramecium. English translations are available in Microbiology, but are very sketchy in Biology. Still that makes it hilarious. Outside snake pits are usually a bust with all the snakes inside their shaded place. Monkeys make me sad. A good 2 hour trip and a nice little "lanchonete"for a snack. Adults are $6 reais currently, kids are cheaper (or free under 7).

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Krisbrazil
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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285 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Depends what you're looking for”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

We went at the recommendation of our tour guide from the day before. Had little idea what to expect and hadn't read any reviews in advance. We spent about 2 hours walking around, visiting the various museums and dodging the groups of school kid tours. (Wed AM). It was a decent excursion and interesting to learn about the place, how and why it was founded and how it has changed hands over the years. It is a bit of a taxi ride so it very much depends on what you've got planned and whether this fits in. It was a good morning excursion for us and interesting enough to warrant the time and taxi fare.

Visited August 2013
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São Paulo, Sp
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651 reviews
207 attraction reviews
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“Great for kids”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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26 attraction reviews
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“Very nice place to go, specially with kids and students”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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