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Rio began as a seafaring city and this is a great place to explore some of its history. The exhibit begins with the Portuguese control of Brazil's naval affairs and continues to the present times. Housed in the original downtown navy headquarters, there are also models of galleons, nautical charts, naval paintings and military equipment on display. The highlight, however, has to be the hand-drawn map of the New World by Pedro Álvares Cabral.
Planetário da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro is an excellent place to get familiar with the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere, or simply to gaze at enchanting, twinkling stars. Take advantage of one of the guided tours that are available. Led in Portuguese, they are geared towards children, teenagers and adults alike. On Wednesday nights, one of the astronomers will allow peeks into his telescope. The complex offers courses, workshops and expositions, as well as a theater. Call for admission prices.
Located in the prestigious Ipanema, this is an absolute must for admirers of rare gems and exclusive design jewellery. Here, at the jeweller's largest branch, there is a 12-minute guided tour around museum, which has an exhibition of rare jewels, minerals and a large display of tourmalines. For the chic visitor there is always the option to buy exclusive jewellery, at H. Stern prices.
This is a chain of traditional jewelers, with several branches in Rio. Following the trends in international design from Europe and the U.S., Amsterdam Sauer offers some of the best fine jewelry in the country. Efficiency, precision and creativity are their claim to fame. Services like valuation, alterations, antique jewelry restoration and cutting and polishing of raw gems are also available. Amsterdam Sauer also has a museum which is a part of the store. This museum boasts of having over 3000 gems, some of which are very very rare. Take a trip down the museum along with guide booklets and get yourself acquainted with the precious world of gems and stones.