Museu Histórico Nacional

Museu Histórico Nacional information

Rio de Janeiro , Brazil
off General Justo
near Praça Marechal Âncora
+55 3299 0311
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admission R$8, Sun free
Opening hours
10am-5:30pm Tue-Fri, 2-6pm Sat & Sun
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Housed in the colonial arsenal, which dates from 1764, the impressive Museu Histórico Nacional contains historic relics relating to the history of Brazil from its founding to its early days as a republic. Highlights include gilded imperial coaches, the throne of Dom Pedro II, massive oil paintings depicting the horrific war with Paraguay and a full-sized model of a colonial pharmacy.

There’s some attention paid to Brazil’s indigenous population and curious pieces such as the quill that Princess Isabel used to sign the document abolishing slavery in Brazil.