National Museum, Rio de Janeiro

(3.9/5 based on 280+ 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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  • Place is very very diverse knowledge, I was amazed. I miss drinking fountain. Does not have accessibility pq is an old building. But well worth knowing.
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  • Worth knowing and not far from the center of Rio de janeiro and has a subway there. The acquis is Rico and interesting.
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  • A Museum is always an excellent travel programming, at least in my opinion. Even more when it comes to the National Museum. It's fascinating for the simple fact of knowing that you are so close to where part of the history of Brazil's amazing! Important to know that on Sunday, after the 3:00 pm, entrance to the Museum is free (not sure if it's worth to other days of the week). Downside: you realize that some areas of the building are poorly maintained.
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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.