Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, 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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  • The museum is small when compared to European ones, but not at all bad on a local basis. Reasonably organzed and well maintained, it doesn´t charge for entry. One advantage of its size is that it is.....  more »
  • The museum is well-organized and clean with free entrance. The exhibition covers a good range of Brazilian animals that kids and adults will enjoy, the dinosaur fossil was a blast my 7yo loved it...  more »
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  • It's like a small version of New York City's Natural History Museum. Cool things to see, but it's small. Worth a visit only if you're near and have nothing else to do.
  • Definitely worth a trip. It's free to go in. Its comparatively small for s museum but great quality and variety.

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