National Museum, Rio de Janeiro

Categories: Natural History Museums, Art Museums, Museums
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3.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • It was a pleasant surprise to have chosen spend an afternoon in the Museum. Rico in the history of the various sciences. Very good to take the children to the dinosaurs, the fossils and meteorites, the animal Kingdom, the mummies. Visit more than recommended
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  • The Museum is very interesting, very clean and organized, with a good amount of pieces. Meteorites, fossils (especially dinosaurs) and the mummies are the highlights. Worth it: fun and knowledge.
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  • The National Museum is in the Paço de São Cristóvão, official residence of the Brazilian Imperial family. The place is beautiful, but unfortunately, after the proclamation of the Republic and with the auction of objects and furniture left by the Court, part of that history was lost. What was retrieved is the Imperial Museum of Petrópolis. Even so, the National Museum is a very interesting place to visit. There are exposed dinosaur bones, mummies (the collection of d. Pedro II), frescoes of Pompeii (belonging to Empress Thereza Christina), ... Worth checking out!
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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, indians 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.
  • Nice museum regarding Brazilian history, it cross almost all the edge. A bit light regarding the pre-colonisation period.
  • Very good museum, cheap. Has a little bit of everything, Brazilian history, dinosaurs. Must see with family or by yourself if your in Rio.
  • This is a nice museum well arranged. I recommend a visit there with your small children. Story of the house is really intresting. My favorite is the shrunken head of Shuar tribes of Ecuador.
  • É interessante, mas não há tantos atrativos
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