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 is a museum that we call the world. Art, archaeology, anthropology, biology and history are in this environment. Recommend it to anyone who like these disciplines, because there is a space for learning.
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  • A museum with great acquis concerning animals (birds, molluscs, insects, reptile, among others), shows the historical part of the indigenous, Egypt, Brazil, etc. The entrance costs around 6 reais, the opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 the 5:00 pm. Has a very nice giant sloth skeleton.
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  • The National Museum is impressive and surprising. Steeped in history from start to finish, its galleries have pieces that date back to the history of Brazil and the world. The Museum has archaeological parts of dinosaurs and mummies whose preservation qualities are awesome! It's a culture. Children will love! Is the best exposure of the river.
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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.