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RioGuides offers private guided tours, transfers, rental apartments and personalized services for people settling in Brazil. All services are offered in English, Dutch, French, Italian and Portuguese. Our guides have expert knowledge about the history and culture of Rio the Janeiro.

We are offering all the regular tours like Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracanã stadium, the beaches and some lesser known destinations within Rio the Janeiro like walking tours in downtown or the Tijuca forest.

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Try one of our walking tours in the historical city center of Rio de Janeiro or a little hike in the Tijuca Forrest. Read more...

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"Hi, my name is Koen, one of the local tour guides at RioGuides. I was born in Belgium and moved permanently to Brazil in 2008. Since then I changed my profession and became a local tour guide in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I love the city of Rio and I hope to share the love and admiration for this city with tourists visiting the Marvelous city. I hope when you come to Rio you will go beyond the obvious sights like the Christ Statue and the Sugarloaf mountain, and try to visit other sights like the historical city center or just enjoy your stay in the city by living the Carioca way of live."

"I'm  Marcia, 35 years old, I'm half Minas, half Bahia a mix of cheese (from Minas Gerais where I was born) and pepper (from Bahia where I lived the greater part of my life). I have been travelling, living and working around the globe. I lived in New York, London, Belgium and onboard a cruise ship where I met people from all over the world.   A few years ago I returned to Brazil and I decided to become a local tour guide in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the place that became my new hometown, once you get a taste of this city, you are hooked. I am interested in a wide variety of things: culture, music, arts, languages, travel, food,  meeting new people,…"

"My name is Fabiana, I am originally from the South of Brazil, but I already moved to Rio de Janeiro since 1993, after I lived in the United States for 3 years. Rio is my favored city in the whole wide world and I will make sure the city will also become one of your favorite destinations! I have been a tour guide for more than  15 years,  also with  a lot of international traveling experience,  and I am always looking for more choices and opportunities for our clients, making each tour a unique experience! Hope to see you soon in Rio de Janeiro!"


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National Museum of Brazil

National Museum

The National Museum of Rio de Janeiro is located in the old palace of the emperors of Brazil " O Palacio São Cristovão". The museum itself was founded as the Royal Museum by the King of Portugal Dom João VI in 1818 to give an incentive for scientific research in Brazil, an almost inexistent area in the immense colony of Portugal. The museum started out as a showcase for the botanical and animal species of Brazil, especially birds, that is why the museum got the nickname "House of the birds". The museum was first located in the center of the city at the Santana parc, it was only after the imperial period of Brazil that the museum was relocated in the old Palace of the Emperors at Quinta da Boa Vista.


When Prince Peter married with princess Maria Leopoldina of Austria they invited European naturalists to Brazil, such as Johann Baptist von Spix and Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius, who started  working for the museum.  Many other European researchers, like Augustin Saint-Hilaire, Georg Heinrich von Langsdorff, contributed to the collection of natural specimens and ethnological institution, in their expeditions through the country. During the nineteenth century, following  the preferences of the Emperor Dom Pedro II as the new European interest in the National Museum started to invest in the fields of anthropology, paleontology and archeology. The Emperor himself, an enthusiast of all branches of science, contributed several pieces of Egyptian art, fossils and botanical specimens, among other items, obtained by him in his travels. Thus the National Museum is being modernized and became the most important center of South America in Natural History and Human Sciences.
In 1946 the museum began to be administered by the University of Brazil, currently the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Researchers and their classrooms and laboratories occupy much of the palace and some buildings erected in the Botanic Garden at Quinta da Boa Vista. The Garden is still one of the largest research libraries in Rio de Janeiro. Currently, the National Museum offers postgraduate students related to the University in the following areas: Social anthropology, botany, geology and paleontology, and zoology.
The palace houses the exhibition of one of the largest collections of the Americas of stuffed animals, minerals, collections of insects, indigenous tools, Egyptian mummies and South American, meteorites, fossils and archaeological finds.

Practical information:

Visiting Hours:

time tue. thru sun. from 10:00 am. until 4:00 pm.

Adults: R$ 6,00

Children 0-5 years : Free

Children 6-10 years: R$ 3,00

National Museum of Brazil

Quinta da Boa Vista Rio de Janeiro RJ 20940-040 Brazil

Latitude: -22.905667
Longitude: -43.226106
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