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

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: Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1 Posto 6 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22070-020, Brazil

Phone: (21) 2521-1032

Official Website: Fort Copacabana

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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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Rated 4.7 out of 5Copacabana Fort Star Rating

4 Star Rating A great place to visit, unfortunately arrived to late to go inside the emplacement, I will return to see the inside another time, that and cafe Colombo.

Peter Ash - 3 days ago

4 Star Rating Nice place to visit, interesting piece of brasilian history, very good place to have a great breakfast and take your time around, with regular tours with guides, a bit expensive (food) but since it's on a touristic area is expected...

Elizandro Baptista - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Great place to visit while you are in Rio. The view from the Fort is excellent and the history inside is nice to know. When you are visiting the upper part of the fort you have the surprise of the cannons and the beautiful view of Copacabana Beach. Also in the way to the Fort, there is a some bakery's around. I recommend the place.

Leonardo Gobetti - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating Really amazing spot with great views and nice SAFE cafe. We spent the day at Copacabana and went here for the afternoon and to get a few pictures in. Should have gone there so much earlier. You enter through the secure gates 6 Reals per person. There’s a nice cafe with great pastries and quick service along the waterfront. The views of the beach and sugarloaf are amazing and with the guards there’s no one bothering you to buy anything and no chance of robbery. The only place I truly felt safe in Rio!

woodson Spring - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating A safe and quiet oasis between famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. For a small fee you enter the area of the old fort which is flanked by a beautiful seaside promenade under lush trees. While the military museum and fort feature a well made exhibition, the true value lies in the cobblestone road along the sea and its two restaurants that serve decent food and a get is variety of drinks. Their is hardly a nicer, quiet place to be found anywhere near this area.

Christoph R. - 4 months ago


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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