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: Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1 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 4.7 out of 5

5 Star Rating Amazing place. Great view. Awesome breakfast. Don't go on weekends.

May Mendes Viamonte Dutra - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Awesome place and view. The museum is really nice. The coffee shops are usually crowded in the weekend; but, if you have time, it is worth waiting for.

Jorcianne Ferreira - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Recommended visit to gain an understanding of the culture and military history. The museum is operated by the military. Entrance fee of 6 BRL and free for children under 5. Lost a star for the lack of English for international tourist, broken equipment including the elevator. Difficult for the handicapped, seniors, and parents with small children.

A Greer - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is an awesome Military Museum where you can get up close and personal with Big Guns, check out old barracks and see how this base was run a long time ago. There are also great restaurants with delicious food on the side of being expensive but if you have the money it's a lovely setting and a beautiful view overlooking Copacabana. You can even go up on the top of the base and check out one of their biggest guns. Sometimes they have live music and you don't have to buy food to listen to the music just just sit and relax.

Henry Montalto - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Very cool military museum. Definitely worth checking out on your trip to Rio de Janeiro. Some amazing views of Copacabana beach and Sugarloaf Mountain on a clear day. They also have some historic bakeries that have very delicious food and a variety of beverages.

Wayne Ennis - 1 month 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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