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National Library (Biblioteca Nacional): Tours & Tickets

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Avenida Rio Branco 219, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-920, Brazil
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I think there is some confusion here with the reviews. Some refer to this library and others the Portuguese Reading Room which are two totally different things. The Portuguese Reading Room is free and easily accessible. That is amazing and unique. Please see my review for
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Finally, after years of being shrouded in a giant hair net, and surrounded with hoardings, the national library has emerged into the bright light of day with a complete beautiful facelift. The interior has also undergone some work, and currently highlights an exhibition of art
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Magnificent building (foyer is lovely) but we just walked in and visited all we could without a tour and there was just not much to see. There are some exhibit rooms but again not much.
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The guided tour to Bibliotheca National in Rio takes only 30-40 min and allow you to visit rooms that are not normally opened to the public. This is an historical building, with one of the most important collection of books in the world.
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I've seen amazing photos of this magnificent library and looked forward to seeing it. While the library is incredibly beautiful, regular visitors aren't really able to view the balconies upon balconies of vintage books that I've seen in the photos. The areas guest are allowed to
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