Fodor's Expert Review Museu Nacional

West of Downtown Museum/Gallery

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.

Museum/Gallery Historical Family

Quick Facts

Quinta da Boa Vista
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro  20940–040, Brazil

021-2562–6900

www.museunacional.ufrj.br

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: R$6, Tues.–Fri. 10–5, Mon. noon–5, R$8 (free second Sunday of every month), Closed Mon.

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