The main purpose of the Itaipu Archaeology Museum is to develop an educational and cultural program aimed at schools and the local community, by disclosing prehistoric archaeological material. Its collection consists of objects testifying how people lived in the region before 1500 and translates elements of their material culture. They include: stone axes, bone ends, quartz chips with multiple functions, polishers, ceramic parts and shells from the archaeological sites from the shore of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Most of this collection was donated to the Museum by former federal fishing surveillance agent and amateur archaeologist, Hildo de Mello Ribeiro, who lived in Itaipu for about 20 years.
Open to the public for the first time, in 1977, the Museum provides a hall for exhibition of archaeological material and a space for temporary exhibitions and events in the ancient chapel named “Capelinha do Recolhimento”. Guided tours, especially for pre-school and primary education students, must be scheduled in advance at the Museum’s office.
Guided tours must be scheduled one week in advance.
Address: Praça de Itaipu, S/N – Itaipu, Niterói
Visitation: From Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm.
Saturday and Holiday, from 9am to 4pm.
Guided visit must be booked 1 week in advance.
Admission: R$ 2,00 Student pays half and seniors entrance is free.
Niterói Bus Lines: 38, 38A, 38B, 52, 52A
Rio/Niterói Bus Lines: 770D