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Museums in Rio de Janeiro – A lot of options for you

Museums in Rio de Janeiro – A lot of options for you

In addition to all the natural beauty, the city of Rio de Janeiro is a good option for those who like history and cultural programs. The city has a wide variety of museums and cultural centers and there are always cool events happening here. See more about the Museums in Rio de Janeiro!


Rio de Janeiro was for many years the residence of the Portuguese Royal Family and in addition, the capital of Brazil. For all this importance for the country’s history, it is no wonder that the state offers beautiful buildings and many museums for its visitors.

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Meet some of the options that you can visit in the city!



This is one of the most important museums in the history of our Brazil. The space was acquired in 1896 by the Federal Government, and came to be called the Palácio do Catete. With its inauguration in 1897 it functioned as Headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic during the years when Rio de Janeiro was the capital of the country.

In 1960, when the capital was transferred to Brasília, this space began to function as a museum. Because it was a very important place in history when visiting, you can see period furniture, paintings, and works of art, as well as several other decorative items. There are more than 10.000 objects that are part of the museum’s collection.


It was in this space when it still functioned as the head office of the presidency that ex-president Getúlio Vargas committed suicide, in 1954. The weapon used by Getúlio, including the ex-president’s personal items, is exposed.


At the back of the building, there is a garden with a hiking trail, lake and animals. In fact, the garden of the Museum of the Republic is a cultural space very frequented by families. Cultural events and fairs always take place. There is also a cinema and snack bar on site. A good tip for the weekend.


Address: Rua do Catete, 153 – Catete – Rio de Janeiro/RJ 

Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm; weekends and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm.

Telephone: (21) 2127-0324 

Ticket: R$ 6,00.  

–  Free admission on Wednesdays and Sundays.

– Children under 10 years old, teachers and over 60 years old don’t pay.

– Half-price for students and children under 21 years old. Access to the garden is free. 


The Marine Museum offers visitors the history of the service and achievements of the Brazilian Navy, it also talks about the history of Rio de Janeiro. To illustrate the different events that have taken place, it’s possible to visit the facilities of some equipment.  

Among them: the Riachuelo Submarine, the Cascavel Tank and the Sea King Helicopter for example. In addition, replicas and panels with historical characters and their achievements in the different events in the country are available. 


If you feel like visiting Ilha Fiscal, you should leave from the Marine Cultural Space (ECM) through the boats that make the journey. Ilha Fiscal is considered the place where the Last Ball of the Brazilian Empire took place, in 1889, the day before the Proclamation of the Republic. The place has a spectacular view of the Sugarloaf Mountain, in addition, the building really looks like a castle. 


Address: Rua Alfred Agache, 215 – Olympic Boulevard – Praça XV – Rio de Janeiro/RJ 

Opening Hours: From Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 4:30 pm. 

Telephone: (21) 2532-5992 / 2233-9165   


R$ 12,00 just ECM;  

R$ 36,00 Ilha Fiscal + ECM or boat tour + ECM.  

– Children up to two years old do not pay.

– Half-price for students, under 21 and over 60, teachers, people with special needs, military and dependents.


There are 3 different tickets:  

– Just ECM;  

– Ilha Fiscal ECM; and  

– Marine tour through Guanabara Bay and the access ao ECM. 

It’s worth mentioning that the opening hours of Ilha Fiscal and Marine tour are fixed and can be changed due to changes in weather and heavy rains.


The Paço Imperial also works nearby. This space functioned as the former residence of the governors and Viceroy of Portugal in 1808, Dom João VI. Throughout the period of the monarchy in Brazil, the Paço Imperial functioned as a stage for major events, including ‘Dia do Fico’, in 1822.   

In 1938 the Paço Imperial was recognized and listed by the National Historical Heritage Institute (IPHAN), functioning today as a multicultural space. There’s always some exhibition of visual arts, seminars, music, among other events. There are shops, a bistro, and a restaurant.


Have you heard about the Library of Paço? The collection of this library has very rare works from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Among the themes that can be found are Brazilian and Portuguese literature, engineering and architecture.

More informations about Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro 


Address: Praça XV de Novembro, 48 – Center – Rio de Janeiro – RJ.  

Opening Hours: From Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 pm to 7 pm.

Telephone: (21) 2215-2622. 

Free entrance.


One of the state museums with the largest collection is the National Historical Museum. There are more than 340,000 pieces on display, including the largest numismatic collection in Latin America. The museum was created in 1922 and used to be the Fort of Santiago, a strategic space in the defense of Rio de Janeiro.      


Address: Praça Marechal Âncora, s/n, Centro –RJ 

Opening Hours: From Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 2 pm to 6 pm

Ticket: R$ 10,00 per person; half price for students.  


Free admission on Sundays. In addition, the museum offers the option of a family ticket that includes the admission of two adults and two students with half-price for R$ 20,00.


Banco do Brasil is one of the largest institutions in the country and was extremely important for the history of Brazil. This cultural center aims to expose the bank’s trajectory. In addition to the historical details, the space houses a library with a collection in the areas of social sciences, arts, literature and philosophy. In addition to the historic, the space offers many other cultural activities.

Commonly there are exhibitions and events with music, theater and cinema. You can also visit the video library that has more than 4 thousand titles with works on VHS and DVD. The material is related to the theme of the activities that take place in the cultural center. For the video library, you must make an appointment in advance.


Address: Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Center – Rio de Janeiro – RJ.  

Opening Hours: from Wednesday to Monday, from 9 am to 9 pm. 

Telephone: (21) 3808-2020 

Free entrance 


A space in the city center for artistic expressions is the Correios Cultural Center. In this space, there is a theater with a capacity of 200 people. There are also 10 exhibition rooms here, where events and activities take place with the most diverse themes, including music, videos, visual arts and cinema. With a good infrastructure for visitors, a bistro is also present in the center. 


Address: Rua Visconde de Itaboraí, 20 – Center – Rio de Janeiro – RJ.  

Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 pm to 7 pm.

Telephone: (21) 2253-1580. 

Free entrance.



A large open-air museum in the city’s port and a museum in the Porto area. The Olympic Boulevard was used here during the Rio Olympics in 2016. Porto Maravilha has been a place of great encouragement and investment as an area of leisure and culture for the population. The area is over 3 kilometers long, with more than 50 graffiti and panels. 

The Port Urban Art Museum (MAUP) was really opened in late 2018. The inspiration for the museum was in the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami. Which aims to expose and encourage urban art in the city. Another project is the training of young people who live in the region so that they can contribute to the painting activities of the place.


Among those responsible for the works are some Brazilian artists such as Eduardo Kobra, Panmela Castro, and Rita Wainer. International artists are also present, such as Pantonio de Portugal and Brusk, which is French.


The museum in its physical building works at Aqwa Corporate and the Maup Art Center is a souvenir shop, gallery and it’s also possible to schedule guided tours to the space, the price must be consulted beforehand.

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Address: Boulevard Olímpico – Rio de Janeiro/RJ 

Opening Hours: daily 

Telephone: (21) 98081-3974 

Free entrance.  


MAR is located at Praça Mauá, close to the murals of the city’s Port Zone. The museum was opened in 2013 and its structure is formed by two interconnected buildings, one of which is the Dom João VI Palace.

Two types of architectural styles can be seen in the buildings, they are: the eclectic style and the modernist style. In this space, there are multimedia exhibition rooms and the “Escola do Olhar”.



Address: Praça Mauá, 5, Centro –RJ 

Opening Hours: From 10 am às 8 pm, the ticket office works until 5 pm.

Ticket: R$ 20,00;  R$ 10,00 for students.  

– Free admission on Tuesdays and the last Sunday of the month (project Domingo no MAR). 


Such as MAR, the Museum of Tomorrow was built in Praça Mauá, the city’s port area. This museum was opened in December 2015. The Museum of Tomorrow is a very interesting museum, due to the fact that it is a science space.

Your visitors can study the past, understand the changes in the present, in addition, they are invited to imagine the future of the environment in which we are inserted. This is possible through exhibitions and interactive immersive activities that integrate audiovisual and games.


Address: Praça Mauá, 1 – City Center – RJ 

Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. The ticket office operates at 5 pm.

Ticket: R$ 20,00; R$ 10,00 for students 

– Free entrance on Tuesdays.  


Tickets for individual museums worth R$ 20,00 each, right? Buying the MAR and Museum of Tomorrow package, you pay R$ 32,00 for both attractions! And the best part is that the museums are practically sided by side.


Built during the period of reforms in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the MNBA is the museum with the largest and most important collection of Brazilian art of the 19th century. The building where it works has an eclectic architectural style and for many years it housed the School of Fine Arts.

Its collection has more than 70,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, books and documents, drawings and prints. A large part of the works that are on display in the museum, were part of the personal collection of the Viceroy of Portugal, Dom João VI, brought on his transfer to Brazil in 1808.

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Address: Avenida Rio Branco, 199 – Cinelândia- RJ

Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12 to 5 pm.

Ticket: R$ 8,00; R$ 4,00 for students.  


With a structure composed of exhibition rooms and more than 6,000 works for its visitors. MAM also offers a cinema library. It’s a space for the arts, education, cinema and design, one of the important cultural institutions in Brazil. It is located next to Santos Dumont Airport, at Parque do Flamengo.


Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, 85 – Parque do Flamengo – RJ 

Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 12 pm to 6 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11 am to 6 pm. Entries allowed until 5:30 pm.

Entrada: R$ 14,00; on Sundays, it is possible to purchase a family ticket for up to 5 people in the amount of R$ 14,00.  

– On Wednesdays, the museum has free entry after noon. 


This is one of the largest popular art spaces in Brazil. It’s located on Estrada do Pontal in Recreio dos Bandeirantes. The space has a collection of about 8,000 pieces, works of Brazilian artists from the 20th century.

In its permanent exhibition are available works from the most varied rural and urban cultures in the country, in more than 1,000 m² of its galleries.


Address: Estrada do Pontal, 3295 – Recreio dos Bandeirantes – RJ  

Opening Hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:30 am to 6 pm.  

Entrada: R$ 12,00 for the permanent exhibition and R$ 4,00 for the temporary exhibition;  

– Free entrance on Tuesdays. 


Originally a residence known as Chácara do Céu, the space was inherited by Castro Maya in 1936. The architect Wladimir Alves de Souza, in 1954 demolished the space and designed a new modern residence that preserved and integrated the construction into the existing gardens. From this museum, you can have a spectacular view of Guanabara Bay.

Here works of renowned Brazilian and international artists are available, in addition to offering long-term and temporary exhibitions. There are also cultural events with theater and music.


Address: Rua Murtinho Nobre, 93 – Santa Teresa 

Opening Hours: daily from 12 pm to 5 pm (except Tuesdays)

Ticket: R$ 6,00;  R$ 3,00 for students.  

– Free entrance on Wednesdays.


Here you can find collections of tiles and porcelain from Porto, as well as oriental and applied art. The area was acquired in 1913 and renovated in 1920. It’s part of the Tijuca Forest, operating in a space that interconnects 4 buildings.

This museum was only created in 1964 and only in 1990 it started to be recognized as Integral Heritage, that is, joining the cultural and the natural.


Address: Estrada do Açude, 764 – Alto da Boa Vista  

Opening Hour: daily from 11 pm to 5 pm (except Tuesdays)

Entrada: R$ 6,00; R$ 3,00 for students.  

– Free entrance on Thursdays. 


I believe you’ve heard of Oscar Niemeyer, right? We have a museum suggestion for you!


In the shape of a spaceship, this museum is an institution of contemporary Brazilian art. The space was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and is one of the postcards of the city of Niterói, opened in 1996. The structure is very interesting and is formed of reinforced concrete, with central support.

The museum’s collection consists of 1,200 works from João Sattamini’s personal collection and more than 300 other works donated by artists who have already exhibited their works in the museum. From the museum, it’s possible to have a privileged view of the sea and the other side of the Bay.


Address: Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/nº. Niterói, RJ

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (exhibition space).

Ticker: R$ 10,00; R$ 5,00 for students. 

Free entrance on Wednesdays.  


All visitors who arrive at the museum using bicycles have free admission, on any day of operation.


Interesting, isn’t it? So take the opportunity to visit these spaces during your trip! 🙂

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