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Naval and Oceanographic Museum

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Address: Rua Dom Manuel, n.15 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number:
(21) 2233-9165
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Tue-Sun 12pm-5pm

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Great Museum At Little Cost

The museum is above average with old barracks, old naval munitions, and stores. The officers/enlisted quarters are of particular interest along with the hospital.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 January 2016
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

The museum is above average with old barracks, old naval munitions, and stores. The officers/enlisted quarters are of particular interest along with the hospital.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

This museum is more than just a naval museum (although it's very good in that respect); it covers the history of disputes between colonial powers more thoroughly than I've seen this covered anywhere else. It is also very frank about deficiencies in the resources allocated to the Brazilian Navy in the 20th century. Once one has visited this and the... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2012

Small and a bit tired, but this museum nicely complements the National History Museum which is a few blocks away. Some of the explanations are not translated to English so a basic understanding of Portuguese comes in handy.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

This is a museum not only for those interested in the Brazilian Navy History but also for anyone interested in Brazilian History (of course, from the Navy point of view). Very well organized, this small museum covers the Brazilian Navy role since before its independence until past WW2. Very interesting. Also its tourist friendly as everything (except for the video/audio... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

If you like naval history, it is something to not skip. Calssic building, well organized and nice displays. Starts with Portuguese heritage, fights against Dutchs and Frenchs, Latin-American struggles and the two World Wars.

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Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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