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Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana

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Address: Praca Coronel Eugenio Franco, 1 | Posto 6, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-020, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 21 2287 3781
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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USD 147.00*
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Private Tour: Sugar Loaf with Copacabana Fort and Arpoador
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Forte de Copacabana

It is an amazing place to visit. I live in Rio de Janeiro and I can assure the best views of Rio de Janeiro are from there and from the others (Fortaleza de São João, Forte Duque... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is an amazing place to visit. I live in Rio de Janeiro and I can assure the best views of Rio de Janeiro are from there and from the others (Fortaleza de São João, Forte Duque de Caxias and Fortaleza de Santa Cruz - Google to find the address).

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fort was mostly blocked off. I felt like it was just there to say it's there and get people to spend money at the two cafes with views. Skip it. Pure tourist trap with very little other than a cafe with a huge waitlist to offer.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not much to do on rainy day...so if you stuck in Rio on rainy day, this might be an option. The museum is not that exciting, but it do tell a bit of story of military here. There are 2 restaurants in here, which do serve good lunch!! but the queue at lunch time can be a bit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For 6 reales, this is a nice escape. The museum is not large. It is quaint and small. It provides history about the military and the importance of Copacabana Beach. The most wondeful part of the visit were the cafes and restaurants inside the fort on the grounds, where you can sit and have a snack while you enjoy the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm actually aging military forces, but this visit was quite interesting. After a walk on Copacabana beach, at the end you can visit the forte, which has an amazing view of Rio. Being Portuguese, the history was also interesting, seeing Brazil's side of it. The army people were also quite open and talkative, and were happy to help with anything... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This structure is large but largely empty. There are a couple rooms with old generators. Also a bedroom and a officers command room. None of the information is in English. The area has a very popular breakfast restaurant. The views are wonderful if it isn't raining. Free for seniors.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I am fan of history and enjoy visiting museums. The museum was small but still had enough to offer to walk around for a couple hours. There was enough signs in English to understand the exhibits and approved a general overview of Brazil's military history. Plus you get nice very of Copacabana.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We paid a small entrance fee and were hoping we could discover some interest history of the Fort but were disappointed when we found out that there were no English words. I supposed this place is not meant for English speaking tourists. The views from the fort is great and the cafes were packed. A disappointed visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We visited the fort mainly for the tea shop, but we whiled away a few hours just looking around. It's a really interesting place with lots of twist and turns and obviously the majority of it is underground. There's some pretty cool engineering around too, with some of the largest spanners I've ever seen!! Great fun all around, and quite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I really love this place. The Forte of Copacabana is really beautiful, and tells us a beautiful story of this city. It stands between the beaches os Ipanema and Copacabana! It's a fantastic spot for those who love to photograph.

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