Colonial Family Museum:
The museum's buildings, constructed in 1858 and 1864 for the families of Dr Blumenau's nephew and secretary-librarian, are 2 of the oldest surviving enxaimel houses in Blumenau. Exhibits include 19th century furniture and household equipment, documents relating to the foundation of the city, photographs of life in the settlement during its early years, and artifacts of the Kaingangs and Xoklengs; the indigenous population displaced by the German settlers. But it's in the beautiful forest-like garden that you'll find the most curious feature: a cemetery, the final resting place for the much loved cats of a former occupant of one of the houses.
Fritz Mueller Museum and Library:
This museum was built in 1867 and was the former home of the eponymous German-born naturalist Fritz Mueller. Born in 1822, Mueller lived in Santa Catarina between 1852 and 1897, and was a close collaborator of British naturalist Charles Darwin; the small museum is dedicated to the work of the lesser-known of the 2 scientists.
The pharmacist and naturalist who studied the fauna and flora of the area while he kept close correspondence with Charles Darwin. The museum is housed in what used to be his residence and where his private collection of local species is kept and preserved to date.
Other attractions which are worth while are the Biergarten where the Oktoberfest is held every year, São Paulo Apostolo Cathedral; one of the most fascinating examples of modern Brazilian sacred architecture, the Blumenau ship; a replica of the primitive boat that transported cargo and passengers between the port of Itajai and Blumenau, the Dr Blumenau's Mausoleum and the Glass Park.