National Historical Museum

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  • Address: Praca Mal. Ancora, Centro Rio de Janeiro, 20021-200, Brazil
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
  • Phone: 55-2125509220
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Museums, History Museums

The Museu Historico Nacional as it is commonly referred to by the locals is one of the largest museums in the city. This national history museum is housed in a fort dating back to the latter half of the 1500s.

Built initially as a fort, the complex had later additions in the form of a barracks, an armory, and a prison. Today, all of the structures in the premises serve as a repository for the important historical documents and artifacts of Brazilian history, which is regarded as the largest numismatic collection in and of Latin America.

On the ground floor, the galleries that are not to be missed are Sacred Art, which features very painstakingly done religious art and other religious symbols, and also the display of beautiful wooden carriages. On the first floor you will find the historic archives and library as well as all the temporary exhibitions. The Reigna real Gallery is one of the most prestigious galleries where temporary exhibitions take place.

  • Do not forget to take a tour of the war arms museum as well. It is recommended that people avail a tour guide when visiting this site.

  • Entry is Free on Sundays.

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  • National Historical Museum Address: Praca Mal. Ancora, Centro Rio de Janeiro, 20021-200, Brazil
  • National Historical Museum Contact Number: 55-2125509220
  • National Historical Museum Timing: 10:00 am - 05:30 pm
  • National Historical Museum Price: Free
  • Best time to visit National Historical Museum(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Historical Museum: 02:30 Hrs
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  • 10.13% of people who visit Rio De Janeiro include National Historical Museum in their plan

  • 50% of people start their National Historical Museum visit around 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see National Historical Museum

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

53.33% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Historical Museum

People normally club together Igreja De Nossa Senhora Do Monte and Veggie Gorinda while planning their visit to National Historical Museum.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • So many history to be seen with R$10 entrance fee.. The place is also nice to take pictures from the inside and outside. You can learn the history of Brazil at this Muzium. Just be aware of the opening time at 1300 hrs on Saturday & Sunday.

  • This is such a spectacular exhibition of Brazilian history and culture. Nevertheless; it leaves you with many questions and uneasy thoughts. For a country that had so much wealth and still does - where is the fair distribution of the wealth amongst the population? The Brazilian artists and master craftsmen were as good as their European counterparts but their pieces are absent from most west galleries - how come? The contemporary section of the museums boasts that Brazil produces surplus fuel for domestic demand but only a month ago, the country was shutdown due to truck drivers striking over the cost of petroleum - how does this occur? Like most museums, slavery is an ugly past but I think it deserves great recognition in the collection to recognise that such incredible development was at the cost of many individuals’ liberties

  • A very informative and beautiful nationalistic collection. I learned a great deal about the history of Brazil here, and took a few great keepsake photos. I especially liked the carriage collection and the painting of the whales in the bay.

  • A must visit if you are visiting Brazil for the first time and if care to know about the history of the people that make this country very unique.

  • Great museum. You get a nice overview of Brazilian history. I only have it 4 stars because I wish it had more about the indigenous peoples of Brazil.

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