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Museu Nacional Review

A little off Rio's main tourist track, the National Museum is well worth the metro ride to view its exhibits of botanical, anthropological, and animal specimens. With a permanent collection of 20 million objects (give or take a few), the supply is nearly endless. Temporary exhibitions focus on subjects such as meteorites, tribal art, and animal evolution. The opulent museum building—a former imperial palace—itself merits a visit, and the vast grounds are home to Rio's city zoo.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Quinta da Boa Vista, São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, 20940–040
  • Phone: 021/2562–6900
  • Cost: R$3
  • Hours: Tue.–Fri. 10–4
  • Website:
  • Metrô: Estação São Cristóvão.
  • Location: West of Downtown
Updated: 09-30-2013

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