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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  • I visited the museum with my husband and 3 year old daughter, It was her first time in a museum and she just loved it. The exhibits are simple, but well maintained.  more »
  • The museum covered a wide variety of topics which seemed a bit random, but still enjoyable. Most of the information around is in Portuguese, as they have an online page available where it can give you...  more »
  • We arrived at lunchtime, so asked if there was a café. We were directed around the back to the staff canteen where they happily served us lunch! We then had a wander around the museum (warning, they o...  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.