Museu Nacional houses historic treasures (©Alexandre Macieira/Riotur)
This is one of the city’s more distinguished museums, with a collection of magnificent carriages, historical treasures, colonial sculpture and furniture, maps, paintings, arms and armour, silver and porcelain. It also retains a rampart from that first fort that crowned the former Morro do Castelo hill from the 1603 until the 20th century. Tue-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat & Sun 2pm-6pm. Adults R$8.