National History Museum, Rio de Janeiro
(4.5/5 based on 600+ 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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  • Had already gone to the Museum to see the permanent collection and I loved the Chariots, cannons of the time of the Empire and everything else. Now I went to the exhibition of lego, which had already seen in Capetown in December 2014. I can speak because I've been in two exhibitions. the Brazil's is better and with more items. It was pretty cool. I recommend, especially those who have children ... is a place that you can spend a facilente 3 hours. I thought it was great the curator put travelling exhibitions because it attracts more people to the Museum, which has a super cheap price.
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  • Exhibition of sculptures with pieces of Lego maravilhosaaaaaa. Well worth the visit. Outside the Museum is beautiful
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  • Without doubt a very interesting attraction not only for tourists but also for the residents of Rio de Janeiro. I can't, obviously, to compare with the great museums of Europe, but in Brazil, has a collection that holds the attention of the visitor, with objects and iconic works of art, depicting our History. The attention also cleaning and the good level of conservation of the property, that although there for centuries, has some chilled environments, providing comfort. Has a restaurant/bistro with good options for snacks and meals. Anyway, it's worth knowing.
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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.