The Emílio Goeldi Museum is a Brazilian research institution and museum located in the city of Belém. It was founded in 1866 as the Pará Museum of Natural History and Ethnography, and was later named in honor of Swiss naturalist Émil August Goeldi, who reorganized the institution and was its director from 1894 to 1905. It is open to the public from 9:00 to 17:00 h, daily except Mondays.
The institution has the mission of researching, cataloging and analyzing the biological and sociocultural diversity of the Amazon Basin, contributing to its cultural memory and its regional development. It has also the aim of increasing public awareness of science in the Amazon by means of its museums, botanical garden, zoological park, etc.
The Museum maintains a scientific research station in the high Amazon forest (Estação Científica Ferreira Penna), which was inaugurated in 1993, with 128 mi² in the Caxiuanã National Forest, municipality of Melgaço, Pará.
Museum’s website (PT). For a great intro video in English, check out this link to a Facebook short. Keep in mind, however, that while the Emilio Goeldi Museum may be the most interesting museum in Belém, there are close to 20 other museums throughout the city.