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

Official Website: Fort Copacabana

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1
Rio de Janeiro - RJ 22070-020
Brazil

Phone: +55 21 2287-3781

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 30 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating I feel this is such an underrated gem lying between Copacabana and Ipanema. Don't get me wrong, this is no sugarloaf, but I was staying in Copacabana and... Read More

Seth B. Jan-27-2016

4 Star Rating Nice shaded area perfect for a stroll and a few photos. It'll cost you- R$6 for adults and R$3 for students like me (thank goodness the $150,000 I'm paying... Read More

Yi Z. Feb-10-2016

4 Star Rating Great evening activity for anyone in the Copacabana area. They charge an admission feel to enter and walk around, but it's worth it. There are two cafes... Read More

Alex D. Jan-17-2015

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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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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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