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Butantan Institute

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Avenida Doutor Vital Brasil 1500, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503-900, Brazil
(011) 3726-7222
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House of snakes

This is the place where living, poisonous snakes can be seen inside a well. There's also a museum... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2017
Luiz L
Perfect for kids

The place is so well structured and prepared for the young visitors. It was my first time there and... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
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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.
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Avenida Doutor Vital Brasil 1500, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503-900, Brazil
(011) 3726-7222
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This is the place where living, poisonous snakes can be seen inside a well. There's also a museum and other animals, kind of a mini zoo. The institute produces vaccines of many kinds, and anti venom serum. Good cultural choice for kids.

Thank Luiz L
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The place is so well structured and prepared for the young visitors. It was my first time there and it was such a pleasant surprise! The animals are impressive, the information available is concise and easy for non experts to understand. The Microbiology Museum was...More

Thank Simone0707
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This used to be my favourite place to visit when I was a kid. There are many reptiles and you can even touch a snake, so kids love it. It's also a nice place to visit, since it's like a park.

Thank Larissa S
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Butantan is a must stop if you are visiting Sao Paulo. They have different species of snakes, scorpions, lizards, spiders, monkeys, fish, turtle... And students and professionals in the field of immunology and biopharmacology have much to gain from visiting. This place is of great...More

Thank LillyLilly2011
Reviewed 2 May 2017

My 7 y.o. daughter loves the place. You can see snakes inside their cages as well as some other animals. There is a lot of outdoor space and people go there to ride a bike, play ball or even having a picnic. It is very...More

1  Thank Luciene S
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Extremely interesting place to observe snakes from a short distance. I have been taken my pictures with a reflex, a macro lens and a flash as snakes are in obscurity. I could take all my time to observe them. Also to be visited in the...More

Thank Jean-Pierre C
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We, the German and the American part of a worldwide spread family like to travel to Brasil to visit the Brasilian part of our family living in Sao Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro. We always enjoy to charge our batteries in this place and...More

7  Thank HamburgAlsterFan
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

It is like a big park with security guards, very nice environment. Pet friendly in the outdoor area, where you can also picnic. There are various attractions mainly related to snakes. There is also a fast food spot and some food trucks.

Thank gshyu
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Exotic and deadly snakes from all over the world, on display safely in a world renowned facility. Kids will squeal. I loved the open rattle snake pit at the entrance.

Thank bigdgunferd
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This place is simply breathtaking and if you love snakes, it is inspiring, educational and leaves you awestruck. The grounds nearby are great to walk around especially if its a nice sunny day. The ticket cost is reasonable and allows you to access the three...More

Butantã is home to the main campus of São Paulo’s
University, and this neighbourhood has a very
different feel from the rest of the city. Within a
huge green space, covering around eight million square
meters, you can feel the fresh air while mingling with
recreational athletes exercising along the streets of
the university complex. Outside the university, there
is a more residential area where you can see children
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