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Guided Visit

Biblioteca Nacional (BN) is open for visits from Monday to Friday, from 10AM to 5PM. Visitors must present a valid photographic document (I.E. Passport) as the sole condition to visit this beautiful historic building, with its majestic architecture, including stairways, wide skylights in stained glass, beautiful ornamentation, preserved rooms, as well as works of art such as paintings and sculptures.

The guided visits in English and Spanish are gratuitous and can be attended daily, from Monday to Friday, at 2:00 PM.

The visitor must present a document with photo, original or photocopy, at the guided visit reception, located in the Main Hall.

Special or group visits

Visits for specific groups can be scheduled previously with a custom itinerary and theme, depending on the participants' backghrounds and interests.

Special visits may be scheduled through number +55 (21) 2220-9484 or e-mail

The visit

Meet the inside of the historical building, inaugurated in 1910, and appreciate its impressive architecture, with staircases, wide skylights in colored stained glass, elegant ornamentation and preserved rooms. You will be able to appreciate the artwork decorating its interior areas, including pictures, panels and sculptures.

In the corridors, in the heritage rooms and in Espaço Cultural Eliseu Visconti, it is possible to attend thematic exhibitions, which congregate pieces of multiple collections.

The guides who lead the visitors are especially selected and prepared to transmit historical information about the Library, its heritage, collections and main works, transforming the visit into an unforgettable cultural route.

Visitors may also visit the building on their own, without the orientation of a guide.