Amazon Natural Science Museum (Museo De Ciencias Naturais Da Amazonia)
A major draw of visiting the Amazonas region is the incredible variety of living creatures that are unique to the river and rainforest. Anyone who might be a bit hesitant to go trekking into the jungle to meet them in their natural habitat can get a peek at the Amazon Natural Science Museum (Museo De Ciencias Naturais Da Amazonia).
Manaus' Natural Science Museum covers about five acres, including a 200-ton aquarium, and is next to a further nine acres of forest. The museum gives visitors a chance to see some of the fish, insects and other animals that call the Amazon region home. In addition to the living specimens in the museum's aquarium, there are more than 240 stuffed fish and insects on display.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Natural Science Museum is a popular option for families and those interested in Amazon wildlife.
- Give yourself at least an hour to explore the collection.
- Don’t forget your camera; photography (without a flash) is permitted inside.
How to Get There
The Natural Science Museum isn't in downtown Manaus but in Bairro Cidade Nova. Plan on a 30-minute taxi ride to get there.
When to Get There
The museum is open from Monday to Saturday, though hours vary by day and season. It’s a good idea to call ahead of time to make sure the facility is open before you head out.
History of the Museum
The museum was opened in 1988 by a Japanese scientist with a special interest in the region's butterflies. He privately funded the building of the museum, and remains its director.