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Surprisingly great!

I visited the museum with my husband and 3 year old daughter, It was her first time in a museum and... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Nice museum

It's a nice museum. You can find a different collections there. Also, it's inside "Quinta da Boa... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2016
Natal, RN
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1 Nov 2017
“Interesting, but random”
13 Mar 2017
“Surprisingly great!”
Appropriately set in an old colonial building, this museum contains stunning artifacts, including coins, cannons, documents and religious art, which provide a glimpse into Brazilian history.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Parque Quinta da Boa Vista | Sao Cristovao, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20940-040, Brazil
Zona Norte (North Zone)
+55 21 2562 6900
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

I was mostly hoping to see the palace that now houses the museum. Other than the throne room with some furniture, there is nothing. Even though the building is historic, the rooms have been converted to look like any museum out there. That is a...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank SoCalSll
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank ChrisGameiro
Reviewed 3 November 2016

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 information in English. However, the website/wifi wasn't working very...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Jessica F
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

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 only take cash for tickets, no cards) and...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Fiona W
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This place is an undiscovered gem in Rio. It has so much information on a wide variety of topics, including dinosaurs and other extinct species, the history of Brazilian monarchs, animals, palaeontology, the history of the world, space and the universe, and a massive set...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank GeorgiaRSwift
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

It's a nice museum. You can find a different collections there. Also, it's inside "Quinta da Boa Vista" where you can enjoy other activities.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank 01marilia
Reviewed 18 January 2016

With the Olympics coming up, the buiding, the organization and the collection is in need of some serious love. The place is literally falling apart, with yellow tape to prevent using the marble bannisters. The collection is interesting--some of my favorites in the photos but...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank Muggo11
Reviewed 23 November 2015

The museum itself has an impressive collection but is a little disorganized. The most interesting thing is the building itself (once a residence of the Portuguese royal family after the seat of government was removed from Lisbon to Rio).

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 14 March 2015

This museum is located at a beautiful very important 200 yo building that belonged to the Brazilian monarchy and has an incredible collection with itens over 4 thousand years old. Too bad they are poorly exposed, with little or no information. I understand the museum...More

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank mlent68
Reviewed 27 January 2015

it's a long walk before you can reach there from the station. Fortunately we passed through the garden which has canopy and we can stay away from the sunshine. There are no tour offer in the museum and only Portuguese explanation showing on the exhibits.

Date of experience: January 2015
1  Thank 954hungg
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