National History Museum, Rio de Janeiro

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History Museum Museum
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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Accommodations in Rio de Janeiro cover as diverse a spectrum as the city itself. At the top end, you can find plenty of luxury hotels along the beaches of Zona Sul, the city's southern zone, which includes the renowned Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. For something to suit a budget, but with good beach access, look around the less crowded neighborhoods of Catele and Flamengo. If you want to stay as centrally as possible, without feeling like you're in a business district, look for lodgings in the colorful, bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
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  • Nice natural history museum, not as much advanced as best European ones, but still very worth visiting. Especially interesting collection of artifacts of different South America's cultures and of loca...  more »
  • They do a decent job of presenting some aspects of the life and challenges of early life in Brazil for the Portuguese. Some interesting exhibits. We only explored the museum because there was a tempor...  more »
  • Really good exhibits and artifacts, with English translations of signage. The building itself is a neat old fort as well. Spend a couple of hours and read everything, gives an excellent intro to Brazi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Nice place to visit. Have good story about Brazil. If you have a day with less sun, a must do!
  • I learned everything I needed to know about Brazil's history here. It was very informative and I highly recommend.
  • 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.
  • This venue holds a lots of international exhibitions, but also owns a great colection of historical pieces.