National History Museum, Rio de Janeiro

(4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • There are many important facts, photos, and other research material. I was delighted with the quality of space and objects there.
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  • Well located in the new port area of the city, in addition to well structured, always behaves excellent permanent and temporary exhibitions of great cultural importance.
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  • In addition to the definitive collection excellent that tells the story of Brazil since the Shell mounds so unknown by the majority of the population until the proclamation of the Republic (after this period, little is mentioned), there are other interesting shows. At the Olympics, the Museum has become in Mexico-themed House, but also occurred there as "Art Exhibition Of Bricks", Legos, and "dialogue in the dark", simulating the everyday life of a visually impaired. Remember, the Museum itself is a historic building. It was built for the centenary of the Independence, in 1922, taking advantage of part of the structure of the Forte de São Tiago da Misericordia, which was right there. This is the reason the rail on the floor of the restaurant: there was way passed ammunition to defend the city (the Hill of the castle was right back there).
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  • 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.
  • Muito organizado.
  • If one wants to know brazilian history this is the place.
  • Very nice, but the location on Google map is not exactly right. You need to head south a little bit.
  • I only had like 40 minutes, but i didnt have to go too fast. it was free. very well air conditioned. they made a very nice tour, you just follow the arrows and it takes you from the oldest step by step to 20th century. As someone from America, I have learned interesting things about Brazil. I have also experienced the cafe of the museum, I would recommend if you are tired. I began at the cafe as I have hit MAM and Belas arts museums already that day.