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 historic relics relating to the history of Brazil from its founding to its early days as a republic. Highlights…
Museum in Flamengo & Around

Museu da República

The Museu da República, located in the Palácio do Catete, has been wonderfully restored. Built between 1858 and 1866 and easily distinguished by the bronze condors on its eaves, the palace was home to the president …
Museum in Flamengo & Around

Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf do Brasil

A short walk west from the Corcovado cog train station, this small museum has a fascinating collection of colorful paintings made by artists often working well outside of the establishment. Also known as primitivist…
Museum in Copacabana & Leme

Museu do Imagem e Som

Copacabana finally has an outstanding rainy-day attraction, thanks to the stunning Museum of Image and Sound, which opens in 2017. The building, designed by celebrated New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (who als…
Museum in Ipanema & Leblon

H Stern

The famous jeweler H Stern allows visitors to get a glimpse behind the scenes at these gemological headquarters. A 12-minute audio tour shows the process of turning the rough stones into flawlessly cut jewels, and y…
Museum in Centro & Cinelândia

Museu de Arte Moderna

At the northern end of Parque do Flamengo, the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) is immediately recognizable by its striking postmodern edifice designed by Alfonso Eduardo Reidy. The landscaping of Burle Marx is no less i…
Museum in Botafogo & Urca

Museu do Índio

Featuring multimedia exhibitions on Brazil’s northern tribes, the small Museu do Índio provides an excellent introduction to the economic, religious and social life of Brazil’s indigenous people. Next to native food…
Gallery in Botafogo & Urca

GaleRio

Set in a grand 19th-century mansion on busy São Clemente, GaleRio is a showcase of cutting-edge urban street art. You’ll find a changing array of paintings, installations, sculptures and repurposed objects (like sto…
Museum in Zona Norte

Museu Nacional

There are many interesting exhibits housed in the former imperial mansion: dinosaur fossils, saber-toothed tiger skeletons, beautiful pieces of pre-Columbian ceramics from the littoral and high plains of Peru, a hug…
Museum in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Museu Chácara do Céu

The former mansion of art patron and industrialist Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya contains a small but diverse collection of modern art, formerly Ottoni's private collection, which he bequeathed to the nation. In ad…