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Arts and Visuals

The five most beautiful indoor and outdoor museums.

Museo do Açude

You will find pure air and plenty of green in this neo-colonial mansion in Alto da Boa Vista. The gardens are full of expositions and the works of art are integrated into the natural local treasures. As well as this, there is a beautiful collection with paintings of the natural sights of Rio de Janeiro from the collector Castro Maya.

Estrada do Açude, 764 - Alto da Boa Vista. Tel: (21) 3433-4900
Daily: 11h-17h. Closed on Wednesdays. Free admission on Thursdays.

Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC-Niterói)

A true masterpiece, the architecture of the museum is designed by the master Oscar Niemeyer and composes the main scenery of a postcard from Niterói. Situated in Mirante da Boa Viagen, the “flying-saucer” landed on the shores of Guanabara Bay, with a beautiful view of the mountains of Rio de Janeiro. The collection and exhibitions consist of great names of contemporary Brazilian art.

Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/n – Ingá, Niterói. Tel: (21) 2620-2400 
Tuesday-Sunday: 10h-18h

Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM-Rio)

Founded as part of the Flamengo urbanization project in the 50s and frames the Bay and Sugar Loaf mountain. The exuberant collection even includes Roberto Burle Marx’s landscaping project. The Museum of Modern Art gardens are perfect for having a picnic.

Av. Infante Dom Henrique 85 – Flamengo. Tel: (21) 3883 5600 
Tuesday-Friday: 12h - 18h. Saturday-Sunday and holidays: 11h–19h

Museu Casa do Pontal

Located in a 9000m² zone between Prainha and the Pedra Branca ecological reserve, this is one of the best urban forests in the world. Up in a charming mansion you have the galleries with the country’s best popular art collection where you can enjoy the works and the birdsongs.

Estrada do Pontal, 3295 - Recreio dos Bandeirantes. Tel: (21) 2490-2429
Tuesday-Friday: 9h30 - 17h. Saturday-Sunday and holidays: 10h30-18h

Museu Chácara do Céu

From the top of Santa Teresa you can see the city from every angle. And that’s where the name comes from: from the celestial horizon of this mansion and its gardens that date from 1876. Paintings, drawings and prints from Europeans such as Matisse, Modligiani and Miró; modern Brazilian artists such as Di Cavalcanti, Iberê Camargo and Antonio Bandeira, plus an important collection of the works of Portinari make this museum even more of an essential place to visit. 

Rua Murtinho Nobre, 93 - Santa Teresa. Tel: (21) 3970-1126
Daily: 12h-7h. Closed on Tuesdays.
Free entry on Wednesdays. 

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors

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