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Rio de Janeiro Museums


Rio de Janeiro Museums - Rio de Janeiro has a good selection of museums and art galleries that you can go to while you are staying in Rio de Janeiro. The museums and art galleries offer a glimpse of past and present Latin American painters and major figures in Latin American history.

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Museum De Arte Moderna
Av Infante Dom Henrique , 85
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is one of the finest displays of contemporary art in Latin America. It is home to more than 4000 art works from Brazilian artists. It is also home more than 2000 art pieces by foreign artists. There are many international exhibits in the museum as well as changing exhibits. There is always something new to see at the Museum de Arte Monderna.

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Museu Historico Nacional
Praca Marechal Ancora s/n
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This museum is a tribute to Brazilian history. On display are Brazilian artifacts, maps, and photographs from the beginning of the country’s history until the present day. This museum is a well curated establishment and will give you hours of enjoyment on your discovery of Brazil.

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Museum Chacara do Ceu
Rua Murtinho Nobre 93
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This museum was once a mansion that housed the artisitic tastes of Raymundo Castro Maya. He was a wealthy Brazilian that colleted many rare art pieces. Housed in this museum are many landscapes and Chinese pottery from the 19th century.


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Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
Avenida Rio Branco, 199
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is a national museum on a grand scale. There are over 10,000 works of Brazilian and European art housed here. Most of the pieces are from the 18th and 19th centuries. It is an impressive collection and something that any tourist should not go without seeing.

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Museu Internacional de Arte Naif do Brasil
Rua Cosme Velho, 561
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is a museum that is famous for the two largest Native art paintings in the world. They are on permanent display here. The museum also houses paintings that concentrate on the subject of daily lives of Brazilians.


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Museu do Indio
Rua das Palmeiras, 55
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Museu do Indio houses one of the most comprehensive and important collection of Brazilian Indian tribes. An interesting museum to visit since most of the exhibits on display here are displayed outside instead of inside a building.

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Rio de Janeiro Interesting Facts

  • One of the largest cities of Latin America.
  • In 1810, armed citizens established a provisional representative government against Spanish rule.
  • Features both the world’s widest boulevard and the widest river.
  • The largest city in South America.
  • Rio de Janeiro is famous for the dance, the Tango.
  • Rio de Janeiro is one of the ten largest metropolises in the world.
  • Rio de Janeiro is the largest city and port in Brazil
  • Greater Rio de Janeiro metro area has more than 12 million inhabitants
  • Home for writers Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sabato, and Julio Cortazar
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