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National Library of Brasil (Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil) Tours

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National Library of Brasil (Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil)
Holding more than 9 million volumes, Brazil’s National Library (Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil) is the largest of its kind in Latin America. Founded in 1810 and relocated to its current Greek Revival-style building in 1910, the library maintains an archive of the country’s most important publications, periodicals, photographs, films, and music.
 
The Basics
The library is open for public use and wows visitors with its elegant red-carpeted staircase and eclectic interior. The building makes up part of the Triangle of Culture in Cinelandia Square, together with the Municipal Theater (Theatro Municipal) and the National Fine Arts Museum (Museu de Belas Artes). All three buildings are typical stops on history-focused walking tours of downtown Rio. For a more in-depth experience, join a free guided tour offered by the library.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The National Library is a must-visit for architecture and history lovers.
  • The library is free to enter.
  • Books may not be borrowed, but you can read them inside the library.
  • You must show photo ID to take a guided tour.
  • Guided tours are in English and Spanish.
  • The library is wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
The National Library is in the Centro district, in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Cinelandia square. If you’re traveling by Metro, the nearest station is Cinelandia, a minute’s walk away; use exit C - Pedro Lessa. If traveling by bus, use any line that goes through Rio Branco Avenue.
 
When to Get There
The National Library is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. It tends to be at its quietest early in the morning. Free guided tours take place Monday through Friday at 2pm; meet at the reception in the main hall.
 
A UNESCO-Recognized Collection
One of the library’s most valuable holdings is the late19th-century photography collection of Empress Theresa Christina Maria, Naples-born wife of Brazil’s second emperor, Pedro II. The collection was recognized by UNESCO for its historical significance and, after the empress’ death, was given by Pedro to the library on the condition that the collection would be named for her.
Address: Avenida Rio Branco, 219 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20040-009, Brazil
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Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Explore the bucolic neighborhood of Santa Teresa and downtown Ancient Rio during this 4-hour private tour. In Ancient Rio, visit sites like the France Brazil House, Arcos da Lapa, Teles Arches and Praça XV. In Santa Teresa, admire the stately mansions from the early 1900s and view the neighborhood's original tram, built in 1897. Learn about the importance of both of these neighborhoods in Rio's past through commentary from your guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Customized Private Tour & Photo Shoot with SUV Car - Unlimited Digital Album

Customized Private Tour & Photo Shoot with SUV Car - Unlimited Digital Album

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Opt for a personalized experience of Rio de Janeiro on a private and customizable photography tour, a perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Traveling by SUV with just your party and private guide, you’ll create your own itinerary of Rio highlights and capture impressive photographs for your online portfolio. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off are included to avoid the stress of finding a meeting point.
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  • 8 hours
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Rio Walking & Historical Tour

Rio Walking & Historical Tour

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Visit Rio's highlights and landmarks on foot during a small-group sightseeing tour. Ride the subway downtown and follow your 'carioca' (Rio native) guide on a walk that includes Rio's most important historical and cultural sites. Visit National Museum of Fine Arts, Theatro Municipal, the Monastery Church of Santo Antônio, Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência and several other important landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
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The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

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Take your Rio de Janeiro sightseeing experience into your own hands on this customizable, private tour of the Marvelous City. Alongside a ‘carioca’ (Rio de Janeiro resident) and personal driver, tick off top Rio attractions chosen by you. Personalize your itinerary according to your interests and only visit the sites you wish to see: your guide tailors the tour according to preferred themes, such as food, history, or sport, and offers undivided attention throughout. Pickup and drop-off from your Rio de Janeiro hotel are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Historical Rio Walking Tour

Historical Rio Walking Tour

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Walk through historical downtown Rio during this 4-hour tour with a local guide. Ride the subway downtown, like the 'cariocas', or Rio locals, do, then start your tour in Cinelandia Square. Visit important landmarks like the Opera House, the National Library, Tiradentes Palace and the Church of Our Lady of the Merchants. Listen as your guide shares information about the history, culture, art and architecture of the area while you walk. Enjoy personal attention and an intimate experience on this small-group tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Best of Rio Walking Tour - City Center, Olympic Boulevard and Museum of Tomorrow

Best of Rio Walking Tour - City Center, Olympic Boulevard and Museum of Tomorrow

Come with us to have very pleasant day in our most complete walking tour  Start the tour in morning meeting our tour guide to take the subway to go to downtown Rio de Janeiro, a rich in history area with buildings of great architectural appeal, the center of the former capital of the country is best absorbed in the details when you walk through it. Then after having lunch in one of the most traditional places, take the LRV (Light Rail Vehicle) in direction to the Olympic Boulevard, Sea Port area and visit the Museum of Tomorrow.
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  • 8 hours
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National Theater & National Library Guided Tour, Admission & Transfer

National Theater & National Library Guided Tour, Admission & Transfer

Combine visits to the National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and the National Theater (Teatro Nacional) on this 3-hour tour in Rio de Janeiro. Learn about the history of each building and the role they have played in Rio's vibrant cultural heritage. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from local hotels included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Get to know Rio through its architecture

Get to know Rio through its architecture

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This is an observation experience of the architectural evolution of Rio for over 100 years. Our 1st stop is a viewpoint on the rooftop of the "Museu de Arte do Rio" where we will talk about the history of Brazil. Then we'll start our walking by the Mauá Square. This Square is one of the regions with the greatest architectural variety in the city. After this, we will walk towards Cinelândia, a walk of approximately 2km, visiting buildings and discovering old 18th century churches hidden behind huge modern buildings! Cinelândia is another square full of historical examples of Brazilian architecture. It holds 5 of the 10 original buildings that remain from the opening of Rio Branco's Avenue in 1905. We'll explore their facades, their details and our last stop will be the Federal Justice Cultural Center. This building preserves an original court room from the beggining of the 20th century.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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☀️ City Tour with E-Bike⚡️

☀️ City Tour with E-Bike⚡️

⭐️ A fun and laid-back tour with electric bikes from Botafogo, crossing Flamengo Park on a route until to Rio Hystoric Center, Olympic Boulevard and Sea Port Zone. On Route: ⇨ Flamengo Park ⇨ MAM (Modern Art Museum) ⇨ Cinelândia Square ⇨ Municipal Theater ⇨ National Library ⇨ Candelária Church ⇨ LAPA ⇨ SELARON Stairs ⇨ Metropolitan Cathedral ⇨ Olympic Boulevard (Olympic Pyre) ⇨ Tomorrow Museum ⇨ Ethnicities Mural (Port Zone) ⇨ AquaRio (Aquarium) ⇨RioStar (Ferris Wheel) ⭐️A way more sustainable and fun to meet the highlights of the city. Let's appreciate the nature, art, architecture, beautiful scenery and cross various historical and tourist spots of the city. It is an amazing route about 20km. Escape the traffic chaos , connect and feel the city close. ⚠️ The maximo equipment load is 100kg or 220lb. The tour with e-Bikes is fun and the best way for who wants to explore the maximum of the city without need to walk for longer distances.
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  • 4 hours
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Walking Historical Tour

Walking Historical Tour

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We started our discoveries in the Cinelândia square, where one of the most important buildings of 20th century art and culture is located. Following the footsteps of the water, we arrive at Aqueduto da Carioca, visiting the steps of Selaron and Metropolitan Cathedral. Leaving on the other side we head to Largo da Carioca and visit Cafeteria Colombo. Stop for coffee. Return to the metro station.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour in Rio

Private Walking Tour in Rio

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Our guides are specialized in History and Culture of Rio de Janeiro and will let you know the past of the former capital of the Portuguese, Brazilian and Republic Empire. It will be 3-4 hours walk through the Center, knowing several attractions! Curiosities, culture, photos and a lot of history, no doubt! We have a predefined script, but we can tailor it to your interest.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private customized Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Private customized Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Enjoy Rio de Janeiro with the expertise of a local Tour guide. This tour optimizes your precious time and money. Flexibility is the best word to describe this tour, you can customize the itinerary. You will visit the places you want, on the way that you wish, making your tours dynamic, comfortable and with your identity. You can also choose the pick-up place and time. We recommend starting early to avoid crowds. Forget the limitations of a group tour and the time wasted in lines and places that you are not interested in. It is a very comprehensive tour where you can see the most famous attractions and the places off the beaten path.
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  • 8 hours
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Imperial Rio: History, Architecture and Heritage

Imperial Rio: History, Architecture and Heritage

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If you prefer to explore independently but like to hear the information provided by a guided tour, this self-guided audio tour is a great choice. Narrated by actors, the audio tour will make Imperial Rio come to life as you walk around the streets of downtown, past such landmarks as the Teatro Municipal Carlos Gomes and Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo da Antiga Se.
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  • 1 hour
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Bike tour through the most beautiful bike path in Brazil

Bike tour through the most beautiful bike path in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is a city surrounded by mountains and water, but the city's waterfront is flat and perfect for a bike ride. In this tour, In addition to passing through beautiful landscapes, the traveler has the opportunity to know more about the history of Brazil, as he will visit historical places of national importance. This tour offers a unique experience for those who enjoy cycling and are interested in culture and lifestyle. After all every carica loves to cross the wooded gardens of Flamengo Park. So if you enjoy nature, biking, history and culture, this tour is perfect for you.
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  • 4 hours
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Santa Teresa and Downtown Private Tour & Photo Shoot - Unlimited Digital Album

Santa Teresa and Downtown Private Tour & Photo Shoot - Unlimited Digital Album

Combine the artist enclave of Santa Teresa with the historic city center on this private tour of Rio. A professional photographer serves as your personal guide and captures images of popular landmarks. See the Escadaria Selarón (Selaron Steps) and preserved mansions, then stroll past the Metropolitan Cathedral, Confeitaria Colombo, Municipal Theatre, Tiradentes Palace and Paco Imperial (Imperial Palace) in the Centro. Receive a digital high-resolution album as a souvenir. Your 6-hour tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour - Historic Rio Walk - For 1-6 PAX - Downtown on foot

Private Tour - Historic Rio Walk - For 1-6 PAX - Downtown on foot

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The walking tour through the city center passes through the main historical points of the city of Rio de Janeiro. This tour works well on weekdays. Our meeting is in Cinelândia, we pass through Largo da Carioca, Santo Antônio Complex, Tiradentes Square, Portuguese Reading Office, Colombo Confectionery, XV Square, CCBB, Candelária Church, São Bento Monastery and we finish at Praça Mauá, Tomorrow, tourists can visit if they want. This is a walk of approximately 5 km, which we do at your own pace, stopping whenever you find it interesting or necessary.
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  • 5 hours
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Downtown Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour

Downtown Rio de Janeiro Walking Tour

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Guided tour of the historic city center. In this tour you will be introduced to Rio de Janeiro in its historical context. Focusing on multicultural architecture and traditions, which define a unique way of being and living for the "carioca". We will walk towards the knowledge and traditions of the City. We will visit squares, churches, and historic sites. There will be the possibility of stopping for lunch, which is not included in the tour price. You will spend a maximum of 10 USD per person. We will stop by souvenir shops where purchase is optional. I look forward to this adventure through the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Guided Walk Through the Historic Center of Rio de Janeiro

Guided Walk Through the Historic Center of Rio de Janeiro

The historic center of Rio de Janeiro is surrounded by centuries-old roads and buildings that illustrate important passages in the history of Brazil from the imperial period to the republic. Visitors who walk along Avenida Rio Branco, pass through Largo da Carioca, Cinelândia, return and take the Ombudsman to Rua Primeiro de Março and explore many other paths, will find museums, cultural centers and public places where characters from Machado de Assis and they represented the meeting point of intellectuals until the middle of the 20th century.
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  • 3 hours
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$50.00
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Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

If you love travelling and you love food, you will love this tour. Brazil is an enormous tropical country and its gastronomy is an explosion of flavors. This tour is a depth immersion in Brazilian culinary and it is also a lovely way of exploring the city of Rio de Janeiro. In the company of a licensed guide, you will visit farmers markets, traditional restaurants and bars only known by the locals. The tour guide will be very informative about art, history, culture and the architecture of the neighbourhoods. The menu includes traditional food such as: Tapioca crepes and cheese bread ( both gluten-free ), açai, café, cachaça, caipirinha, pastel, coxinha, brigadeiro, sweets and cakes, sugarcane juice, Brazilian nuts, fruits, juices and craft beer. You can also choose one typical meal. This menu varies a little depending on the places visited . We also have options for vegetarians. This tour is in small groups, (no more than 10 people). We will walk and use our own transportation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$80.00
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Urban Art Tour in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

Urban Art Tour in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

Have you ever stopped to analyze what is drawn and painted on the walls of a big city? Do you know what is the purpose and meaning of the drawings and their motives? Rio Alternative Tour invites you to discover the city of Rio de Janeiro through this ephemeral street art. A lovely, dynamic tour full of passion and feeling of Brazilian and international artistic expression. A surprising and unusual experience that will open your mind and make you aware of the importance of keeping your eyes open when walking in Rio. You will get to know the more alternative and "cool" side of the city of Rio. Explore the vibrant street art scene located in the port area. You will go through about 50 large murals and graffiti. It will be revealed to you, through our attentive tour guides, the best kept secrets about the works and their artists. They will discover spaces that are far from being touristy, but at the same time are the heart of the Brazilian urban art movement. Choose from either a private or small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Downtown Ancient Rio Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Downtown Ancient Rio Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

We take you on a journey through time. If you enjoy history and culture, this is the perfect tour for you. In this half-day tour, we will visit the Cinelandia Square, a place surrounded by the Municipal Theater, the National Library, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Municipality Chamber of Rio. We will also visit the Praça XV, a place surrounded by the Palácio Tiradentes, the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, the Paço Imperial and Arco dos Teles. We will go through the Arco dos Teles to go to the CCBB and reach the Mosteiro de São Bento.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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