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Butantan Institute

#49 of 745 things to do in Sao Paulo Features Animals
Avenida Doutor Vital Brasil 1500, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 05503-900, Brazil
(011) 3726-7222
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Excellent for Kids

This used to be my favourite place to visit when I was a kid. There are many reptiles and you can... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Larissa S
A Hidden Gem in Sao Paulo

Butantan is a must stop if you are visiting Sao Paulo. They have different species of snakes... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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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 3 days ago

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

Thank Luciene S
Reviewed 7 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 BremenSchwachhausen
Reviewed 31 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

Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is on the grounds of a functioning hospital--green, shady and quiet--in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world! Entrance fee to the museum/exhibits is cheap and things are labeled in Portuguese and English. Lots of creepy-crawlies to delight the kids...More

Thank HerouxFamily
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Haven't been ther since long 15 years, and it was charming to get back there and see how little changed: I felt like a child. Friendly guides, nice expos, great variety of animals, insects and environments, and also the handling tank, makes the living bio...More

Thank Ricardisessa
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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