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Rio de Janeiro Museums

We review an extensive range of museums in and around Rio de Janeiro.

Our pages are very useful, when museum hopping around Rio de Janeiro. If you’re looking for some culture, then look no further!

All our posts feature the museum address, contact telephone numbers, Google map location and their website URL for information on what is exhibiting, prices and opening hours.

Museu de Chácara do Céu

Museu de Chácara do Céu

Former home of art patron and industrialist, Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maysa, Museu de Chácara do Céu displays a variety of modern art by artists such as Lygia Clark and Portinari.

It also contains Brazilian artefacts dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Parque das Ruínas, famously known for staging musical concerts is connected to the museum. The park is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also contains the ruins of the house that belonged to Brazilian heiress Laurinda Santos Lobo. Before the heiress died in 1946, professors and some of the best artists from Rio used to gather here.

Tourists visit this attraction not only because it is a learning portal, but also to enjoy panoramic views of Centro and Baía de Guanabara.

Planetário da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Planetário da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

The Rio Planetarium is devoted to spreading knowledge about astronomical studies which includes the universe, moons, sun, stars, galaxies and planets.

All this information can be gathered by visiting the different areas categorized under names like, A Terra E Seus Movimentos – Espaço E Tempo, Astronomia Estelar, Nave-Escola. This museum is a perfect place for curious children.

Address: Rua Vice-Governador Rubens Berardo, 100 – Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2274 0046

Museu de Republica

Museu de Republica

The Catete Palace which was the seat of Brazilian government from 1897 to 1960, has witnessed some important political and historical events.

When Brasilia became the capital it was officially turned into the ‘Museu de Republica’. It was at the palace that twice-president of Brazil; Getulio Vargas committed suicide in 1951 because of increasing opposition pressure. The museum features an exhibition of various art and Republican items, among which is the gun Vargas used to shoot himself and the shirt he wore at the time. Additionally, it houses a book shop and a film club portraying pieces from famous artists.

In 1993 it became the first computerized museum in Latin America to offer multimedia kiosks, reference centres for over 20,000 books, 7,000 items and 80,000 documents defining Brazil’s history.

Address: R. do Catete, 153 - Catete Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 3235 3693

Museu de Ciência da Terra

Museu de Ciência da Terra

This fabulous children’s museum is situated in the neighbourhood of Urca in Rio.

It is an Earth Science museum with dinosaur replicas on display. It portrays the natural history of Brazil since the very beginning through various exhibits such as rocks and meteorites.

Overall, it is a very educative museum for children with impressive statues and artefacts.

Address: 404, Av Pasteur, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 3362 1175

MNBA – Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

MNBA – Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

Museu Internacional de Arte Naif (MAIN) houses collections related to local art and has over 5000 works of artists from all over Brazil dating from 15th century till today. Both temporary and permanent exhibitions of local and international artists are arranged here. The museum also includes a café named Café MIAN.

Address: Cosme Velho Street, 561 - Cosme Velho 22241-090 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2205 8612

Museu Casa De Rui Barbosa

Museu Casa De Rui Barbosa

This museum, located in the neighbourhood of Botafogo, used to be the home of the famous Brazilian diplomat and journalist, Rui Barbosa. He was responsible for forming Rio de Janeiro’s socio-economic development at the start of the 20th Century. The museum today features a permanent exhibition of Rui Barbosa’s personal possessions and also houses his library featuring some very interesting books and documents.

Museu do Índio

Museu do Índio

Started by Darcy Ribeiro, Museu do Indio is the only museum that highlights displays dedicated to various cultures around the world.

It is the only official institution that protects various traditions and cultural diversity of 270 groups in an effort to conserve and enrich the heritage of Brazil. There are thousands of ethnographic, local and foreign publications, and other artefacts on display.

Address: Rua das Palmeiras, 55, Botafogo Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 3214 8700

Museu Histórico do Exército e Forte de Copacabana

Museu Histórico do Exército e Forte de Copacabana

This museum is located inside the Copacabana fort that acted as Rio’s premier defences against attack. The fort has been preserved well with most of its original features still intact. The museum itself exhibits collections of artefacts dating back from the start of the Portuguese colony to the 19th century.

Address:Praça Cel. Eugênio Franco, 1 - Copacabana, 22070-020, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2521 1032

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum)

Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (National Fine Arts Museum)

The National Fine Arts Museum exhibits over 200 works of Brazilian artists dating back to the 17th to 19th century.

Works of International artists like Picasso and Matisse are also displayed here in a different gallery. The collection in the museum includes folk art, African art, images, paintings, medals, sculptures, furniture and other artistic works. One of the most famous galleries featured here is the Galeria de Arte Brasileira filled with 20th century classics.

Address: Av. Rio Branco, 199 - Centro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2240 0068

Museu H. Stern

Museu H. Stern

Located in Ipanema, next door to the Museu Amsterdam Saucer, this museum holds a permanent exhibition of jewellery by the famous Jeweller H Stern. The museum also features the procedure of converting rough stones into impressive jewels by specialists such as craftsmen and goldsmiths.

Address: Av. Rio Branco, 128 Pte - Centro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2524 2300

Museu do Açude

Museu do Açude

Museu do Açude, located in the Tijuca Forest, is dedicated to celebrate the cultural heritage of Brazil. Initiated by Castro Mayo in the early 20th century, the architecture and layout of the museum is typically Portuguese. Collections in the museum include copies of rare sculpture namely Chinese, Indian, Indochinese and porcelain of different origins. Brazilian furniture, silver wares, French crystals, Portuguese earthenwares is also exhibited here.

Address: Estrada do Açude, 764, Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2492 2119

Museu Histórico Nacional (National History Museum)

Museu Histórico Nacional (National History Museum)

The National History Museum is one of the most important museums in Brazil. Spread over an area of 50,000 square feet, the museum puts a display of over 257,000 pieces of work. Among them the important ones are 18th century constructions: House of Armaments and House of Train. All along the year, a number of exhibitions and video gatherings are arranged for students and teachers to make them understand Brazil’s social, political and economic history.

Address: Praça Marechal Âncora - Próximo à Praça XV, Centro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 2550 9220

Museo Amsterdam Sauer (Amsterdam Sauer Museum)

Museo Amsterdam Sauer (Amsterdam Sauer Museum)

The Amsterdam Sauer Museum exhibits a remarkable collection of valuable stones as well as a couple of life size models of mines. It is located next door to the Museu H. Stern which is another interesting museum to visit in the neighbourhood of Ipanema in Rio.

Address: Av. Rio Branco, 156 - Centro Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tel: +55 21 7818 5378

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