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Instituto Butantan Review

In 1888 a Brazilian scientist, with the aid of the state government, turned a farmhouse into a center for the production of snake serum. Today the Instituto Butantan has more than 70,000 snakes, spiders, scorpions, and lizards in its five museums. It still extracts venom and processes it into serum that's made available to victims of poisonous bites throughout Latin America.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Av. Vital Brasil 1500, Butantã, São Paulo, 05503–900 | Map It
  • Phone: 011/3726–7222
  • Cost: R$6
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 9–4:30
  • Website:
  • Metrô: Butantã.
  • Location: Elsewhere in São Paulo
Updated: 06-20-2013

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