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. Arrange your visit to National Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Amazing site, I was impressed with the number of works on display. It is worth visiting the Museum with his family.
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  • July 11, 2017
    The Museum is pretty cool, with mummies, fossils and historical articles. To walk around it takes more or less 1:30 hours. Has parking nearby. The only problem is that there is no where to buy some snacks for the kids.
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  • July 11, 2017
    The former home of the brazilian Royal family, after the coup d ' état he'll the Brazil among the countries Republicans, became the home of the National Museum. After several reforms, little remains in your interior of the imperial period, a permanent exhibition of objects from the Royal family and the throne room. Currently, it houses a display of 3000 pieces, is about the formation of the planet and your flora and fauna, is about people in the world. For the researchers, the National Museum has 22 million documents and parts for research. The National Museum is located in the Quinta da Boa Vista Park, which itself is worth a visit on a quiet afternoon.
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  • March 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 11, 2017
    Good exposition of natural sciences. I feel that the Museum should tell me more about Pedro II, emperor of Brazil.
  • February 21, 2017
    More than 9million items to look at, fantastic, great history and biology subjects. Good place for the entire family to visit.
  • November 1, 2016
    Worth visiting because of the historical significance of the building, and the park is nice. The museum itself has some interesting collections.
  • August 12, 2016
    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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