An interesting exhibition about the first inhabitants of the country and their culture

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Museum of Native Americans

Take a look at America's origins

The extensive collection in this museum (, on Das Palmeiras Street in the Botafogo neighbouhood, includes more than 14,000 original items linked to the indigenous Brazilian culture, such as a vast number of ethnological publications and thousands of audio and photographic archives. The exhaustive analysis of the country's ancestral races is completed with various original-size constructions relating to many other cultural traditions. The institution's origins date back to the year 1953, when Brazilian anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro created the National Indian Foundation to promote and conserve indigenous cultures. The move to its current venue took place in 1978. This old 19th century mansion was initially the home of a well-known businessman from Río de Janeiro, who worked in the food industry. Currently, the museum is divided into 11 rooms, with a large spacious landscape and an interesting craft shop, Artíndia. The entire complex can be visited Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:00 to 17:30, and during weekends and holidays from 13:00 to 17:00.

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