Fort Copacabana

Historical Museum of the Army and Copacabana Fort

Entrance to Fort Copacabana
Entrance to Fort Copacabana cc licensed photo by Guilherme Sales

Opened in 1914 Fort Copacabana is now a fascinating museum showcasing many exhibits pertaining to the Brazilian Army. The fort also provides visitors with superb views of the ocean and beaches.

Located on a rocky outcrop at the southern tip of Copacabana Beach, also the former site of little church Our Lady of Copacabana, construction on Fort Copacabana began in 1908 and the fort was put in service in 1914 to guard the entrance to Guanabara Bay and adjacent beaches. When first established it was regarded to be more modern than any other fortification on the continent.

The fort was involved in some historic events, most notably the 1922 revolt of the Fort of Copacabana a military uprising against the powers of the day that in the end was unsuccessful, but set the stage for some subsequent uprisings.

In 1987, with the need to defend the bay by means of a Fortification no longer relevant, the Coast Artillery Batteries were abolished and the fort was repurposed into the Army History Museum which it continues as today.

Just about anyone will enjoy visiting Forte de Copacabana as there is truly something for everyone. The views of the entrance to the bay and the adjacent beach is superb. Inside the fort you will have fun exploring the many different rooms and passageways to see what discoveries lie in wait. There are also some beautiful dioramas depicting various events in the history of Brazil.

With its scenic location and so much to see for a very reasonable admission fee, you should definitely consider taking time for a visit to the Historical Museum of the Army and Copacabana Fort.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Av. Atlântica, Posto 6 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22070-020, Brazil

Phone: (21) 2521-1032

Official Website: Fort Copacabana

Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - OrangeIpanema/General Osório Station15 MInutes

How to get to Fort Copacabana by Metro

Take the metro to Ipanema/General Osório Station, exit and walk west along Rua Visconde de Piraja; where it curves to the left go right onto Rua Canning for one block; left on Av/ Rainha Elizabthe da Belgica for one block; right on Rua Bulhoes Carvalho to the end; left on Rua Francisco Otaviano and continue to the entrance which is on your right just before the road curves to follow the beach.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating Good coffee, good view, great place to watch the moon rise. Safe. Historic. Decent price with student discounts available (even for international students).

Jacob Carewick - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating Very Nice view of Copacabana beach and Pedra do Arpoador.

Mirian Kina - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating great place amazing views during day and dusk. historic old fort

Mr. VW O'Day - 25 days ago

4 Star Rating Modern Fort that stood the test of time. There are plenty of cannons with diverse origin. Needs better maintenance, some lifts might not work.

G. C. Albe - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Forte de Copacabana is a must-see on your route through Rio. The two cafes there — Confeitaria Colombo and Cafe 18 do Forte — serve one of the most idyllic breakfasts and lunches in the whole city, with the views of Copacabana alongside a morning cafezinho. The fort itself is easily accessible, with shared artifacts of Brazil's military past, with Rio as a main barrier of protection. But make sure to make it onto the roof, to get a panoramic shots of the cannons and mountainsides.

John Surico - 2 months ago

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This slideshow will showcases not only the great views from Fort Copacabana, but also takes you on a tour of many of the exhibits within

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