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“Fun place for kids!”
Review of Butantan Institute

Butantan Institute
Ranked #46 of 726 things to do in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Frogs and spiders and snakes, oh my! The Instituto Butantan, a biomedical research and zoological center founded in 1901, has all these creepy crawlies and more. The institute was instrumental in controlling scores of tropical diseases and now focuses on developing vaccines and researching venomous animals. Brazil's largest serpentarium is on-site, as is a convenient anti-venom clinic, just in case things get out of hand. In any event, the kiddies will get a kick out of handling the cool-blooded things, or at least peering at them through reinforced glass. Once you've had your fill of scales and rattles, take a stroll in the lovely landscaped gardens.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Sao Paulo, SP
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Fun place for kids!”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Take your kids for a picnic and then to check out the snakes at the Institute. They will enjoy a good day there. On weekends there are people riding their bikes, children running around and playing ball.

Visited November 2011
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Campinas
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“Snakes alive!”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

More snakes all of them beautiul. I never thought of snakes in a positive way until I had visited

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Sao Paulo, SP
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“An unique experience”
Reviewed 28 February 2012

The former farm Butantan Institute provides to peoples of all ages a very interesting tour to the snakes kingdom and others animals,with an historical museum and the other one displaying several specimens of alive snakes,spyders and scorpions from Brazil and from several parts of the world,including the possible handle of non poisonuos snakes and another ones and the exhibinting of poison extraction .The outdoor part displays two big open spaces containing snakes that can be viewed from the top This very important scientic researching institute has got a large specialized library and an hospital according to the treatment of bites of poisonous snakes,spyders,scorpions and bees and it was stablished by a phisician Dr. Vital Brasil since the beggining of the last century and thousands of Brazilians were saved from the painfull death due the vacines developed by this doctor.The Butantan institute produces,as well,several other medicines to the treatment of diseases came from virus and it is worldwide recognized like one of the most important researching center.

Visited February 2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Rattle the snakes”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

If you like snakes, scorpions and spiders, that's your place to be! Butanta Institute is the maker of the Antivenom for snakes bites in Brazil.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Unique museum and park”
Reviewed 19 November 2011

It is a unique place to earn about reptiles. This centenary institution have a large live and not alive exhibition of reptiles, mainly snakes and spiders. At the museum you may see demonstrations about snake attract and capture

Visited December 2010
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