Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Centro & Cinelândia

Museu Histórico Nacional

Housed in the colonial arsenal, which dates from 1764, the impressive Museu Histórico Nacional contains relics relating to the history of Brazil from its founding to its early days as a republic. Highlights include …
Top Choice Museum in Centro & Cinelândia

Museu de Arte do Rio

Looming large over Praça Mauá, the MAR is an icon for the rebirth of Rio's once derelict port. The huge museum hosts wide-ranging exhibitions that focus on Rio in all its complexity – its people, landscapes, beauty,…
Area in Centro & Cinelândia

Boulevard Olímpico

Rio's formerly derelict port district has been reborn as a wide promenade lined with massive street art. A handful of renowned artists have painted spectacular murals on the old warehouses, though Brazilian artist E…
Aquarium in Centro & Cinelândia

AquaRio

The largest aquarium in South America is Rio's newest major downtown attraction. You can get an up-close look at some 350 different species (there are more than 8000 animals in all), spread among two dozen different…
Archaeological Site in Centro & Cinelândia

Cais do Valongo

Unearthed in 2011, the Valongo Wharf was the first arrival point for an estimated 900,000 enslaved peoples brought to Brazil after long, harrowing voyages from Africa. Those who survived the journey were sold in mar…
Church in Centro & Cinelândia

Igreja São Francisco da Penitência & Convento de Santo Antônio

Overlooking the Largo da Carioca is the baroque Igreja São Francisco da Penitência, dating from 1726. Restored to its former glory, the church's sacristy, which dates from 1745, has blue Portuguese tiles and an elab…
Historic Building in Centro & Cinelândia

Palácio Tiradentes

The stately Tiradentes Palace houses the seat of the legislative assembly. Exhibits on the 1st and 2nd floors relate the events that have taken place here between 1926 and the present. One of its darkest hours was w…
Museum in Centro & Cinelândia

Museu de Arte Moderna

At the northern end of Parque do Flamengo, the Museu de Arte Moderna is immediately recognizable by its striking postmodern edifice designed by Affonso Eduardo Reidy. The landscaping of Burle Marx is no less impress…
Church in Centro & Cinelândia

Mosteiro de São Bento

This is one of the finest colonial churches in Brazil. Built between 1617 and 1641 on Morro de São Bento, the monastery has an excellent view over the city. The simple facade hides a baroque interior richly decorate…
Theater in Centro & Cinelândia

Theatro Municipal

Built in 1905 in the style of the Paris Opera, the magnificent Municipal Theater is the home of Rio's opera, orchestra and ballet. Its lavish interior contains many beautiful details – including the stage curtain pa…