National Museum, Rio de Janeiro

(3.8/5 based on 260+ 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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  • This museum tells the history of the imperial family, but also has different exposure worth the ride. As any visit to museums, take time.
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  • The National Museum is located in the Quinta da Boa Vista in St. Kitts. The location is beautiful, it's worth going to the Museum and then have a picnic in the grounds of the former Palace. I have visited the site a few times over the course of 30 years. This time I was a little saddened as the politics of preservation and maintenance of the site but still worth being visited.
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  • Located in the old Imperial Palace, is the largest Museum of natural history and anthropology of Brazil. Meteorites, fossils, mummies, collections of insects and many other items make up the acquis and are an attraction that holds the attention of visitors of any age. The Palace itself is important for its history and architecture. The visit to the Museum lasts for about 2 hours, the staff is nice and polite, the price is low, but Unfortunately, as several other points of interest in Rio, lack. Anyway I recommend the tour that can be done in conjunction with the Zoo, which is next.
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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.
  • Worth visiting because of the historical significance of the building, and the park is nice. The museum itself has some interesting collections.
  • 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.