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National Library (Biblioteca Nacional)

Avenida Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-920, Brazil
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Avenida Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-920, Brazil
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Ok its free but you dont have any access to the beautiful rooms you expect to see... you cant even get close to a book. Totally useless to me.

Thank Cambudb
Reviewed 10 February 2017

A beautiful downtown classical building. It is open for research only not for checking out books. We had to put our bags in a locker before we could enter the main library. Pictures are allowed without flash. The staircase with red carpet is gorgeous, I...More

Thank 4historyandculture
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The library offers free English guided tours at 2pm every day and when Maian showed us round it ended up just being me and my fiancé which was lovely. Maian was very friendly and knew loads about the building and its contents. She was happy...More

2  Thank Rachel K
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Built at the very beginning of the Twentieth Century, the Biblioteca Nacional is Brazil´s most important library. The entrance is free and that allows you to have a glimpse of the huge and beautiful inside structure.

1  Thank Otavio36
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Very good free guided tour in English! Beautiful inside of the historical building, inaugurated in 1910, and impressive architecture, with staircases, wide skylights in colored stained glass, elegant ornamentation and preserved rooms, beyond the works of art that decorate the spaces, as pictures, panels and...More

Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 2 June 2016

My fiancee and I atended to the English visit, that happes everyday at 1 pm. I´m brazilian (sorry about my English) and he is american. It was really interesting to to know some details about that beautiful biulding. It´s short, less than 1 hour, but...More

Thank Ana B
Reviewed 11 April 2016

There is scaffolding up all over the front of the building, but don't let this put you off - it's open as usual! The lady on the tours desk only spoke Portuguese, but we managed to work out that there is an English tour at...More

Thank Thelastdodo2
Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

We went here with high expectations only to be met with ongoing building work obscuring its facade. Once inside the language barrier proved insurmountable as we only spoke English. After some trials we managed to store our bags in a locker before looking around. Unfortunately...More

Thank Banahnah1
Reviewed 28 March 2016

If you enjoy architecture and history or just appreciate beauty you will love this library!! close by the Teatro Municipal ... in downtown Rio. Also, you can go there before or after Santa Teresa area( a MUST go if you visit Rio. Very historical buildings...More

Thank EG-aloha
Reviewed 25 March 2016

BEAUTIFUL architecture inside. Just the photo moment of the two sided staircase with wrought iron railings makes it worth it. They dont let you into most of the rooms but it is worth going and taking a look.

Thank KreativeKs
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born.
With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical
buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living
proof that the old and the new can live together
harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where
all major companies house their offices. However, the
region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like
the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that
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