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“nature, science and history”
Review of Butantan Institute

Butantan Institute
Ranked #49 of 738 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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Campinas, SP
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“nature, science and history”
Reviewed 15 May 2012

if you take your time l you will learn a lot about life and history of Brazilian medicine and research. The place is old but well preserved. It is place of wonder and admiration for the snakes and other not too friendly animals on display.
Advice: ask a lot of questions

Visited March 2012
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“I love it!”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

Butantan is a great institute. The visit is perfect for kids and those who love animals like me. There are several snake and other venous species and lots of information about the production of antidotes. It is also a beautiful place to spend a sunny day.

Visited April 2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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
Level 4 Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“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
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“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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