National History Museum, Rio de Janeiro

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#9 of 108 in Museums in Rio de Janeiro
Originally an ammunition depot and fort, the National History Museum is home to exhibitions detailing the social and economic history of the country. The museum boasts an extensive numismatic collection that will entice you with the glint of coins and also enlighten you on the stories behind the country's currencies. For a more spiritual perspective on history, visit the sacred art exhibit showcasing shrines and paintings, and what better way to exit then with the history of transportation. Plan to visit National History Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rio de Janeiro attractions using our Rio de Janeiro tourist route planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This museum houses a collection of items and objects that depict spectacularly the history of our country. Imagine if transported in time, didactic form, structured, going through all the stages in the history of Brazil, from the first inhabitants, the discovery, relations with Portugal, objects of all time, Colony, Empire and Republic. Very nice surprise to know that there is a museum dedicated to preserving what has been experienced here in the past. The fluidity of the exhibition and the didactics captivates the visitor to see everything, read everything, and examine everything!
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  • August 8, 2017
    The Museum is easily accessible, secure, always has new activities, and just the sight of 2nd floor already pays a visit.
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  • August 3, 2017
    The National History Museum is housed in a beautiful set of restored buildings dating from the colonial epoch, thus forming an appropriate setting for the collections on display. The museography is qu...  more »
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  • May 14, 2017
    This place is enormous, and well worth checking out. It's housed in a beautiful old building with an interior courtyard, there are multiple levels. You will need at least two hours to thoroughly explore the entire place because it's huge. The only thing that I would have liked is a better focus on the indigenous history of Brazil.
  • July 3, 2017
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  • November 24, 2016
    Nice place to visit. Have good story about Brazil. If you have a day with less sun, a must do!
  • December 9, 2016
    I learned everything I needed to know about Brazil's history here. It was very informative and I highly recommend.
  • June 14, 2016
    Comprehensive overview of Brazilian history, an essential place to visit. A little hard to find but it is located in an attractive area. The bistro was a good place to recharge at lunch time and provided good value.

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