Museums in Florianopolis

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Florianopolis is better known for its beaches than its high culture, but should the weather take a turn for the worse, visitors to this pleasant city may find themselves surprised by the number of museums and cultural centers to be found here. More than emergency options for a rainy day, many of the museums here are worth a visit whatever the weather. A good case in point is the Museu Historico, at Praca 15 de Novembro in central Florianopolis. Housed in an 18th century Baroque palace, this interesting museum exhibits artifacts from Santa Catarina's history in a lavish setting that itself warrants a visit.

City Museums

Virtually all of Florianopolis' museums and cultural centers are to be found away from the beach resorts and in the city itself, which is split between the mainland and Ilha da Santa Catarina, and joined by two bridges. The 'Island Side' of the city is the place to head for a day's cultural activity, although note that most museums are closed on Mondays.

Military Matters

Anyone with an interest in military matters should make their way to the Museu de Armas Major Lara Ribas, at Forte Santana beneath the Hercilio Luz Bridge. Visitors can view post-World War II weapons and other items relating to warfare, while the fort itself is a relatively interesting tourist attraction.

History buffs can indulge their inner architect with a visit to the Museu de Antropologia, which showcases early tools and archaeological findings unearthed along the coast of Santa Catarina, where they were used by the indigenous tribes prior to colonization.
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