Museu do Índio
Anyone curious about the history of the indigenous tribes of the Amazonas region would likely enjoy spending some time checking out the variety of everyday objects in the Museu do Índio's collection. City sightseeing tours typically include a visit to the museum, and descriptions are in English, making it easy to visit independently as well. An on-site gift shop sells a range of traditional crafts, like jewelry and woven baskets.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Museu do Índio is a must for first-time visitors or anyone interested in local culture.
- Give yourself at least an hour to tour the small collection.
- Visit the collection with an English-speaking guide for a deeper insight into the region’s indigenous tribes.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to reach the museum is on a sightseeing tour of Manaus, but you can also take a public bus or catch a taxi if you’re coming from farther afield.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from Tuesday to Friday and on weekend afternoons. It’s a good option during an afternoon thunderstorm or early in your trip for a cultural introduction to the area. Posted hours are not always adhered to, so call before you go.
Best Museums in Manaus
Manaus has a long and storied history, with several excellent museums to go with it. Learn about the rubber boom at the Rubber Museum, housed inside the workshops and warehouses where rubber was once processed and stored. The Museu da Amazonia (MUSA) highlights the region’s natural history through exhibits on native flora and fauna. The Museu do Seringal Vila Paraíso occupies a former rubber estate.
- Rio Negro Palace (Palácio Rio Negro)
- Church of San Sebastian (Igreja Sao Sebastiao)
- Amazon Theatre (Teatro Amazonas)
- Manaus Palace of Justice (Palácio de Justiça)
- Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market (Mercado Adolpho Lisboa)
- CIGS Zoo
- Meeting of Waters (Encontro das Aguas)
- Ponta Negra Beach (Praia de Ponta Negra)
- Manaus Botanical Gardens (MUSA - Museu da Amazonia)
- Amazon River