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

5 Star Rating It's a beautiful location to spend some time. They have couple of restaurants with outdoor seating and the view of sunset if beautiful. There is also museum and a small souvenir shop.

Manoj Kumar Gangadharan - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating It is a nice place to visit. Beautiful view.

Leandro A. F. Fernandes - 4 months ago

4 Star Rating Military museum with great views of Copacabana beach and sugarloaf mountain. Good cafe's with great scenery.

William Wanyama - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating Inaugurated in 1914, at the promontory of the little church Our Lady of Copacabana, with the aim of strengthening the defense of Guanabara Bay. Occupying a total area of 114,169 m², Fort Copacabana was at that time considered the most modern fortification in South America. In 1996 the Colony-Empire Hall of the museum presents the history of Brazil from the perspective of the military history, presenting the main facts related to the colonial period, beyond the imperial period, covering the independence and the participation of the Brazilian army in the war of the Triple Alliance.

Stairway Landing Sathiyaraj S - 6 months ago

5 Star Rating Very interesting site for those looking to do mix up the sun and beach with other activities. The fort is a lot larger than it seems initially, and there is a preferential rate for military personnel if I recall correctly. There is also a branch of Confeitaria Colombo (the infamous cafe) inside, which is busy but far less crowded than its main shop in the city centre.

Corinna Chan - 11 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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