Museum of Zoology of the University of Sao Paulo

Avenida Nazare 481, Sao Paulo

The Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo (Portuguese: Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, abbreviated MZUSP) is a public natural history museum located in the historic Ipiranga district of São Paulo, Brazil. The MZUSP is an educational and research institution that is part of the University of São Paulo. The museum began at the end of the 19th century as part of the Museu Paulista; in 1941, it moved into a dedicated building. In 1969 the museum became a part of the University of São Paulo, receiving its current name. The MZUSP has one of the largest natural-history collections in Latin America, with over 8.5 million preserved specimens of vertebrates (amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and reptiles) and invertebrates (cnidarians, insects, crustaceans, arachnids, myriapods, annelids, mollusks and other marine groups). Each collection is curated independently, and organized according to specific needs. Other facilities in the museum include a library specializing in zoology and laboratories dedicated to research in chronobiology, electron microscopy, molecular biology, histology and CT scans. MZUSP also operates the Boracéia Biological Station in the forest near Salesópolis for field research.
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Open Hours:

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:00

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  • Julio Farnezi

    - 21 August 2018 -

    Acervo bem legal, distribuição também! Gostei muito do passeios e os funcionários são muito simpáticos

  • Hannah Verheul-Cane

    - 18 August 2018 -

    Definitely worth a trip. It's free to go in. Its comparatively small for s museum but great quality and variety.

  • C. A. Reis

    - 06 August 2018 -

    Awesome place especially with kids. The fauna displays are very extensive and educational

  • Licy Bum

    - 05 August 2018 -

    Free admittance, clean, organized, free lockers, free activities for children in the back, large varieties of animals.

  • Avi Alkalay

    - 31 May 2018 -

    Maravilhoso museu, extremamente bem curado e bem cuidado. Quero que seja ampliado. Quero uma sessão maior para hominídeos e a evolução do homem. Gratuito, estacionamento fácil nas ruas próximas, imperdível.

  • natali gregorio da silva

    - 13 May 2018 -

    Really nice Museum, everyone should go there to know more about our animals.

  • André Luiz Carvalho

    - 04 March 2018 -

    Certainly not the best natural history museum I visited, but it is a good one for Brazilian standards. I'd greatly recommend you take your kids there to see the paleo collection full of dinosaurs and big mammal fossils.

  • Alexandre Nogueira

    - 01 February 2018 -

    Small, but very complete and organized museum. A great collection of insects, mammals and dinosaurs. It also contains a good demonstration of the sea creatures and their description. It is worth a stop with the kids, since it is a complete, but fairly simple museum to visit. If you spend two hours, is ok to see everything. Recommended!!!

  • Rafael Santana

    - 15 January 2018 -

    The museum is quite small but there's a big diversity of species and you can take photos of everything. Had a really nice time there.

  • Theo Monteiro

    - 05 January 2018 -

    A small but very nice museum when you are into pre historic life. Its on walking distance from the Aquaria of Sao Paulo.

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