National Museum, Rio de Janeiro

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Established by King Joao the VI of Portugal as the Royal Museum, National Museum remains a hub of scientific research that houses an impressive collection of historical artifacts. The colonial structure that holds these artifacts was once King Joao's royal residence, but following a military coup in the late 1880s the house became vacant so artifacts were moved there from their former home in the center of the city.

Not only will you see the skeletal remains of prehistoric creatures, you'll also admire detailed cornices and marble halls that kings once tread. The museum is operated by the Federal Univerity of Rio de Janeiro and is still used as a research facility, so the exhibitions rooms open to the public have a classic, straightforward approach in their arrangement of the collection. No interactive media presentations here, only the well-preserved knowledge of scientists from the last two centuries. Plan to visit National Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rio de Janeiro attractions using our Rio de Janeiro day trip planning website .
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  • The amazing Museum! I had no idea how cool is this museum. The archaeological works wonderful and well explained. I super recommend to those who enjoy these activities, with the acquis varied managed to reach, and the expectations about the place.
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  • The Museum has Egyptian and pre-Columbian mummies, very interesting things. Small heads, insects of all kinds. You should go with time to see everything. A pity that their existence is not very widespread and I think that a bit of investment lacks.
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  • I was mostly hoping to see the palace that now houses the museum. Other than the throne room with some furniture, there is nothing. Even though the building is historic, the rooms have been converted ...  more »
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  • The biggest biological and natural collection in Brazil, with more than 9 million items, started by D. Pedro II and now belonged of Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ). You can see dinosaurs, insects, mummies, brazilian's natives crafts and more in exhibitions. The museum is located at Quinta da Boa Vista, a gorgeous park where it's possible to play with kids, have picnics, practice sports and have good time. There are parking area inside, metro/train station and bus stop nearby. There are restaurant and snack bar inside of museum and outside, at the park. A really interesting tour.
  • Good exposition of natural sciences. I feel that the Museum should tell me more about Pedro II, emperor of Brazil.
  • More than 9million items to look at, fantastic, great history and biology subjects. Good place for the entire family to visit.
  • Worth visiting because of the historical significance of the building, and the park is nice. The museum itself has some interesting collections.
  • Very good museum, cheap. Has a little bit of everything, Brazilian history, dinosaurs. Must see with family or by yourself if your in Rio.

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