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National Historical Museum, Rio de Janeiro

The National Historical Museum traces the social and economic history of Brazil from its founding through colonial times and imperial rule to its early days as a republic.

The National Historical Museum traces the social and economic history of Brazil from its founding through colonial times and imperial rule to its early days as a republic. Housed in the Casa do Trem arsenal and adjacent structures of the 17th century fort at Calaboose, the collection has over 350,000 artifacts spread over 2 floors. The ground floor displays the numismatic collection which is the largest in Latin America, a historic Protos car, gilded imperial coaches, Indo-Potuguese religious sculptures in ivory, cusquenha paintings, and a Discovery Room for kids. The first floor has the archives, library, artifacts from colonial times, temporary exhibitions and a traditional 19th century homeopathic pharmacy.


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About National Historical Museum

 Praça Marechal Âncora, Centro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 +55 21 2550-9220

 www.museuhistoriconacional.com.br

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