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

Fort Copacabana Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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

Official Website: Fort Copacabana

Fort Copacabana Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Excellent piece of history. Admission 10 R. The display would’ve been better if they had also included English in the descriptions and the history of the Fort. I do understand that the main language is Portuguese, but there are many travelers from around the world that come here, and it would be appreciated if I could read the signs with the descriptions. Otherwise it was a wonderful exhibit.
Denise F - 3 months ago

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3 Star Rating The museum is at the southern end of the Copacabana, and where the Colombo is. I think most people going there is for the cafes and meals. The Fort charges a nominal fee to get in and they don’t take credit card. When we asked if USD would do, the guard kindly let us in. Thank you. The ground is neatly kept. We walked around briefly after lunch. It's scene.
Irene Eng - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating Very nice location for a walk along the sea shore and visit to the museum. Has wonderful views of the Copacabana beach, you can go there for the restaurants only, if you'd rather. Also has areas where you can sit and enjoy the views. ••10 Reals per person, you can only pay cash!••
adriana manole - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating From 2020 It is interesting place of Military. You can make nice Photos with many Kind of cannons. The biggest is at the end of the place. The Cannon is big very big. You can eat there too and you can have a very good time there. When i am visit again Rio, i will visit the place again.
Sinned WD - a month ago

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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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