Quinta da Boa Vista (Nice View Park)
In its museum you will find everything, from archaeological remains to mummies and meteorites!
For the whole family to enjoy
This park is part of the historical São Cristóvão Palace, located on Avenida Dom Pedro II in the São Cristovão neighbourhood. Inside the building, there are two different museums. The most famous, the National Museum (www.museunacional.ufrj.br), was founded in early 1818 by the Portuguese Monarch João VI, and moved to this part of the city at the end of the 19th century by the Government of the newly proclaimed Republic of Brazil. This museum showcases numerous archaeological and anthropological objects, such as a selection of Egyptian mummies, preserved animals and even a collection of meteorites. A large part of this space is reserved for researchers of the Río de Janeiro Federal University , studying a variety of different postgraduate degrees. You can visit it on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. Additionally, Quinta da Boa Vista is home to the Museum of the First Reign (http://www.funarj.rj.gov.br/museus/mpr_01.html), which is temporarily closed for construction. Here, you can witness the glamorous lifestyle of the early 19th century Brazilian aristocracy, through an interesting collection of paintings, sculptures and period furniture. The nearby Museum of Fauna, dedicated to the different Brazilian ecosystems, is also currently being remodelled.
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