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“Nice, but not for a rainy day- be mindful of weather”
Review of Butantan Institute

Butantan Institute
Ranked #56 of 781 things to do in Sao Paulo
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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: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Exhibits are distributed over three buildings across the park, and although connected by interesting and shaded cobblestone pathways that provide excellent views of native trees and birds, there is minimal coverage so I'd avoid visiting such place on a rainy day.
Tickets were less than $3USD and free for visitors 60yrs or older.
Native species of spiders, snakes, lizard and frogs can be seen with a few African / exotic species; overall, facilities are OK and animals are well kept, but the place looks like it has seen better days and could use a little paint / TLC.
No need to spend more than 2-3 hours, even if you stop ( like we did) by the coffee shop to chill from the summer heat sipping some coconut water, but a nice place to visit - away from the hustle bustle of this city

2  Thank Monica S
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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.

1  Thank JanceV
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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).

2  Thank Krisbrazil
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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.

2  Thank RSTravel
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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.

2  Thank David_R_Silva
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