National Museum of Brazil

Local nameMuseu Nacional
LocationRio de Janeiro, Brazil

The National Museum is the oldest scientific institution of Brazil and once held one of the largest museums of natural history and anthropology in the Americas. The museum was installed in the Paço de São Cristóvão, inside the Quinta da Boa Vista, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which was previously the residence of the Portuguese Royal Family between 1808 and 1821, housed the Brazilian Imperial Family between 1822 and 1889, and also hosted the Republican Constituent Assembly from 1889 to 1891, before being assigned to the use of the museum in 1892. The building has been listed as Brazilian National Heritage since 1938. The ruin is currently under emergency reconstruction.

Founded by King João VI of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves on 6 June 1818, under the name of "Royal Museum", the institution was initially housed at the Campo de Santana park, where it exhibited the collections incorporated from the former House of Natural History, popularly known as Casa dos Pássaros, created in…

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Opening hours

Mon: noon - 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
Tue-Sun: 10 am - 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)


Full: R$ 6
Reduced: R$ 3

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +55 21 2562 6900

Address Quinta da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Coordinates -22°54'20.549" N -43°13'35.605" E

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