Museums in Rio de Janeiro
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+ Contemporary Art MAM || Niterói Contemporary Art Museum Museu Internacional de Arte Naïf || Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil,
+ Fine Art Fundação Eva Klabin Rappaport,
+  History National History Museum || Folklore Museum ||Museu da Imperial Irmandade de Nossa Senhora da Glória,|| Carmen Miranda Museum ||Indian Museum
+ Local History and Culture City Historical Museum|| Museu da República || Museu Aerospacial ||  Museu do Primeiro Reinado || Sambódromo (Museu do Carnaval) || Castro Maya Museum & Museu do Açude || Museu do Trem || Museu Casa de Benjamin Constant,
+ Other Templo da Humanidade ||  Museu da Imagem e do Som || Real Gabinete Português de Leitura || Museu Amsterdam Sauer,
+ Photographic Centro Cultural da Light,
+ Science and Technology National Museum || Espaço Cultural da Marinha, || Museu de Ciências da Terra || Botanic Garden

(Aerospace Museum)
Av. Marechal Fontenelle, 2.000
Campo dos Afonsos
Tels: 3357-5212, 3357-5213, 3357-5214
Open: Tues-Fri, 9am - 3pm, Sat and Sun, 9:30am - 4pm Entry free. Guided visits by appointment 72 hours in advance 
Exhibition of historic weapons, documents and aircrafts as replicas of the 14 Bis and Demoiselle constructed by Santos Dumont.


(Amsterdam & Sauer Gemstones m)
Rua Garcia D'Ávila, 105 - Ipanema
Tel.: 2512-1132 e.mail:
Open: Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 5:30pm, Sat - 9:30am - 1pm Entry free. 
Over 3,000 items, including many gemstones and minerals, constituting one of the most important collections of its type. Visit two life-size replicas of mines.

(Niterói Contemporary Art Museum)
Mirante da Boa Viagem, s/nº - Boa Viagem
Tels.: 2620-2481, 2620-2400
Open: Tues - Sun, 11am - 7pm Sat, 1pm - 9pm R$5 adults, R$2 seniors and children younger than age 7. Free on Saturday. 
Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, this striking contemporary art museum opened in 1996. Referred to locally as the "Macky," it houses a modest  collection of 1,000 works by contemporary Brazilian art. Covering 2,000 m2, its surrounding verandah offers breath-taking 360-degree views of Niterói, with the Sugar Loaf, Pedra da Gávea and Christ the Redeemer a top of Corcovado across the Guanabara Bay.
 The museum is in Niteroi, the tall city on Rio's  horizon as you look out over the water. It is  is 9 mi/14 km from Rio and an easy  ferry from Praca Quinze. From the ferry docks in Niteroi, take a taxi or Bus 47B to the museum, if your daring return by strolling downhill along the Bay to the bus station and support the major tourist infrastructure still trying to get off the ground while enjoying the spectacular view and some interesting shops.
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(Museum of Astronomy and Affiliated Sciences)
Rua General Bruce, 586 - São Cristóvão
Tels.: 2580-7010, 2589-4965
Open: Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10am - 5pm Wed, 10am - 8pm, Sat and Sun, 4pm - 8pm Guided tours, Department of Education: (Tel.: 580-1383)
One of the research institutes under Brazil's National Research Council (CNPq), it was opened to the public in 1985. Since then, it has produced studies of Science and History in general, focusing particularly on Brazil and the dissemination of Science and logy. Its collections consist largely of scientific instruments belonging to the National Observatory. Its Permanent Exhibition (Four Aspects of Origin) spotlights four aspects of modern science: Origin of the Universe; Origin of Material; Origin of Life; and origin of Information. This museum is designed to show how a technologically advanced society developed the concepts of space and time, stressing the importance of scientific instruments. Star-gazers can view the sky from a dome through an equatorial telescope (Heyde, 21 cms) dating back to the 1830s, on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
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(Banco do Brasil )
Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 - Centro
Tels.: 3808-2060, 3808-2034
Open: Mon - Fri, 11am - 8pm. Entry free.
"Brasil through its Currencies"
Exhibition portraying the political and economic development of the nation through coins and banknotes from the Bank of Brazil collection.
(Tram Museum)
Rua Carlos Brant, 14 - Santa Teresa
Tel.: 2242-2354 - Tel .& Fax: 2222-1003
Access: Via Largo dos Guimarães
Open: Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Photo-display portraying the history of the tram in Rio de Janeiro from its introduction to the 1960s, when it went out of service. Exhibition of equipment, trip-recorders, uniforms of conductors and drivers, and scale models of passenger and service trams, as well as a real tram dating back to 1907.
(Botanic Museum)
Rua Jardim Botânico, 1.008
Jardim Botânico
Tel.: 2294-7494
Open: Daily 8 am-5 pm. R$4. Free for seniors and children younger than age 7.

 Find over 7,200 species in a lovely setting for strolling.  The gardens are so insulated from urban noises in a quieter neighborhood. Originally created by Dom Joao VI as a royal garden to acclimate plants from other regions, the Botanical Garden, there is now a museum and a sensory garden for the visually impaired are on site. 
(Carmen Miranda Museum)
Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes
Aterro do Flamengo
Av. Rui Barbosa in front of nº 560 
Tel. & Fax.: 2551-2597
Guided visits for groups by appointment.
Open: Mon - Fri, 11 am - 5pm

Nicknamed the "Brazilian Bombshell," Carmen Miranda charmed Hollywood in the 40's. She still remains one of Brazil's brightest international stars and a popular Carnaval and gay icon. Her fruit headdress has become almost familiar as the flag as a symbol of Brazil.  On view are her signature hats, dresses, shoes costumes, jewelry, photographs and other memorabilia. Video library with her movies.  

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(Cartographic Museum, Army Geographical Unit)
5ª Divisão de Levantamento
Rua Major Daemon, 81
Morro da Conceição - Centro
Tel.: 2223-2177
Access via Acre St.
Open: Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 p.m.Visits by appointment.

Located in two rooms in a historic mansion that was once (1702 - 1905) the residence of the Bishop of Rio de Janeiro. Known as the Palácio Episcopal da Conceição it was acquired from the Church by the War Ministry in 1923. Maps, photographs and instruments used in topographic surveys are all on display here, including: compasses, telescopes and theodolites which portray the development of cartography in Brazil. As the cradle of this art, the Army has many fascinating historical documents, particularly an extremely rare map of Brazil dating back to the XVIII century. One of only two copies anywhere in the world, the other is kept at the Tower of the Tomb in Lisbon, Portugal.
(House of Benjamin Constant Museum)
Rua Monte Alegre, 255 - Santa Teresa
Tel.: 2509-1248
Open: Thurs - Sun, 1pm - 5pm.
Guided visits by appointment.
A country estate that was once the home of Benjamin Constant de Magalhães, who introduced positivism into Brazil. He was also the leader of the nation's republican movement and was the first War Minister. He founded and for many years directed the Blind Children's Institute, which today bears his name. The area of 10,651 m2 planted with trees which surrounds the museum is the ideal place for leisure and is open to the public daily from 8am until 6pm.
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(House of Rui Barbosa Museum)
Rua São Clemente, 134 - Botafogo
Tel.: 2537-0036 - Fax: 2537-1114

Open: Tues - Fri, 9am - 4pm. Sat and Sun, 2pm - 5pm
Entry free on Sundays.

Born on 5th November 1849 in Salvador, Bahia, Rui Barbosa studied in Recife and São Paulo. He entered public life at an early age as a provincial and general deputy. A legal expert, journalist, politician and diplomat, he played an active role in the decisive movements shaping the dynamics of the history of Brazil. The mansion housing this museum was the home of Rui Barbosa during the last 28 years of his life. Dating back to 1849, it is an important landmark in XIX century architecture in Rio, reflecting some neo-Classical influence. The museum collection includes 1,400 items of furniture and fittings, as well as decorative objects, and items of personal use, pictures and vehicles, with a 1913 Benz automobile of particular interest, in addition to a priceless library. Covering some 9,000 square meters, this park is one of the few green areas open to the public in the Botafogo district, offering recreational activities for children, and also attracting senior citizens.
(Casa do Pontal Folk-Art Museum)
Arte Popular Brasileira
Estrada do Pontal, 3.295
Recreio dos Bandeirantes
Tels.: 2490-3278, 2490-4013
Open: Sun, 9am - 5:30pm
The museum presents one of the most beautiful and complete visions of the Brazilian culture. The collection, fruit of 40 years of researches of the French designer Jacques van de Beuque, has 5,000 pieces of more than 200 artists from the whole country. The museum is set on a pleasing summer-residence in one of the most beautiful corners of the city, only 45 minutes from Copacabana, between the sea and the ecological reserve of the Grumari range.

Museu Casa do Pontal by

(Casa dos Pilões Museum)
Rua Jardim Botânico, 1.008
Jardim Botânico
Tel.: 2294-7494 
Open: Tues - Sun, 8am - 5pm

Set in Brazil earliest gunpowder factory, dating back to 1808, this museum offers information recorded in English and Portuguese, and shows how gunpowder was manufactured through a motorized mock-up.
(Chácara do Céu Museum)
Rua Murtinho Nobre, 93 - Santa TeresaMuseus Castro Maia
Tels.: 2507-1932, 2224-8981, 2224-8524
Open: Daily, except on Tues, noon - 5 pm.
Once the home of connoisseur and collector Castro Maya, this mansion today houses a permanent collection of modern art (Portinari, Antônio Bandeira, Di Cavalcanti, Iberê Camargo, Guignard, Picasso, Matisse and Salvador Dali, as well as furniture and decorative items. It also features a collection of Braziliana with maps of XVII and XVIII centuries, paintings, watercolors, engravings and albums by travelers exploring Brazil during the XIX century (Debret, Rugendas, Taunay). Designed by modern architect Wladimir Alves de Souza, this estate offers a panoramic view of the Guanabara Bay and downtown Rio.

Museu Chácara do Céu
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Centro Cultural da Light
(Light Cultural Center Sala Memória da Light)
Av. Marechal Floriano, 168
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20080-002
+55 21 2211-4802

Open: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 7pm Sat 2pm - 6pm.

 This museum was formerly built to house the Light Electric Power Company, where the garage of the Companhia Carris Urbanos used to be. It was inaugurated in 1911 and was originally designed in a classic style by the New York firm, F. S. Pearson. It was transformed into a cultural centre, in 1994, after a few modifications. The museum contains a very significant display of Rio de Janeiro photos. Also part of the exhibition are more than 700 instruments used by the electric streetcars, and a great deal of documents and maps. A theatre, Lamartine Babo, an art gallery, a cafeteria, an exhibition hall and a covered garden, with four panels by Di Cavalcanti, are also part of the cultural centre.

(Earth Sciences Museum)
Av. Pasteur, 404 - 2º - Praia Vermelha
Tel.: 2295-0032 r Ext: 438 - Fax: 2295-3895
Guided visits by appointment Via fax 295-3895
Open: Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm. Entry free.
Inaugurated in 1907, its mineral, rock, ore, meteorite and fossil collection offers the visitors a rare opportunity of appreciating either the beautiful natural shapes of the crystals or the scientific information on several geological materials, both local and international. In the meteorite windows - portraying rocks from the outer space -, the visitor can observe the shapes, colors and frames of true extraterrestrial materials. Today, the exhibition has around 5,000 geological samples. new  paleontology room for veterbrate, invertebrate and plant fossils. 
(Museum of the Hunters Club)
Rua São Geraldo, 38 - Madureira
Tel.: 3390-3815
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(Navy Cultural Center)
Av. Alfredo Agache, s/ nº
No final da Praça Quinze,
em frente Av. Presidente Vargas - Centro
Open: Tues-Sun, noon - 5pm

Collection :
(Historical Shipping Exhibition)
The development of shipping from primitive dug-out canoes to giant modern oil-tankers. Special emphasis on the instrumentation and navigation techniques used by Portugal's XVI century navigators.
Arqueologia Subaquática no Brasil
(Underwater Archeology in Brazil)
A valuable collection of items recovered from ships sunk off the Brazilian coest between 1648 and 1916. The display includes realistic reproductions of life aboard a galleon, as well as a diorama of the ocean floor showing scientific techniques used to explore underwater archeological sites.
(Antônio Lago Pharmacy Museum)
Associação Brasileira de Farmacêuticos
Rua dos Andradas, 96 - sala 1.001 - Centro
Tel.: 2263-0791 - Tel. & Fax: 2233-3672
Open: Mon - Fri, 2:30 p.m. - 5p.m.
This permanent collection consists of 450 items divided between two rooms. The first is a replica of a XVII century pharmacy, featuring and porcelain bottles, flasks, carboys. The second specializes in rare books, manuscripts of the Farmacopéia Brasileira written by pharmacist Rodolpho Albino Dias da Silva, as well as a replica of a prescription drug-store counter, complete with scale, glasses and dose-cups, and also antique pharmaceutical medications and instruments.
Pharmacy Museum of "Santa Casa de Misericórdia"
Rua Santa Luzia, 206 - Castelo
Tel.: 2297-6611
Open: Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm

The pharmacy of our fore-fathers, with hand painted and gilded glassware.
Museu da Fauna
Quinta da Boa Vista
São Cristóvão
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20940-040
Located in São Cristóvão within the collective Quinta da Boa Vista. Although there is so much to see in this area, there is no reason not to visit this small museum, especially given the nominal entrance fee. It has a good collection of Brazilian stuffed animals, including rare species from the Amazon. A great place to take the kids.
(Museum of Ministry of Finance)
Av. Pres. Antônio Carlos, 375 A - Castelo
Tels.: 3805-2002, 3805-2003, 3805-2004
Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 5:30pm

Entry free. Mementoes of bygone Ministers of Finance.
(Folklore Museum)
Rua do Catete, 181 - Catete
Tel.: 2285-0441 - Fax: 2205-0090
Open: Tues - Fri, 11 am - 6pm. Sat - Sun 3pm - 6pm

A great place to learn about Brazil's roots. Articles displayed are from the entire country: Afro-Brazilian objects, ceramics, toys, ritual vestments and popular art, organized around the themes of life, techniques, religion, festival and art. Around, 1,000 items are displayed in an area covering 1,500 square meters, collected during researches in the field. 
(Brazilian Expeditionary Force Museum)
Rua das Marrecas, 35 - Lapa
Tel.: 2262-3609
Open: Mon - Fri, noon - 5:30pm Entry free.
Weapons, decorations, photographs and historic documents recalling the battles of the Italian Campaign during the World War II.
(Foundation Eva Klabin Rapaport)
Av. Epitácio Pessoa, 2.480 - Lagoa
Tel.: 2247-9016 - Fax: 2523-3471
Open: Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm

The private collection of Eva Klabin Rapaport consists of a wide variety of items brought together form many places of origin. These 1,064 works of art were collectted over some sixty years in the house where she lived since 1960, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, Oriental carpets, silverware and ceramics covering several centuries, from Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
Rua Garcia D'Ávila, 113 - Ipanema
Tel.: 2259-7442 r/ Ext: 336
Open: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 6pm.
Sat, 8:30am - 1pm
Permanent exhibition of jewelry collection including rare mineral specimen, the world's largest collection of cut tourmalines jelwelry which won several international contests.
(City Historical Museum)
Parque da Cidade (City Park)
Estrada de Santa Marinha, s/ nº - Gávea
Tel.: 2512-2353 - Tel. & Fax: 2294-5990
Open: Tues - Sun 11 am - 5pm

The history of the city depicted in pictures, maps, paintings and blueprints. Especially nice are watercolors of Rio in the 1800s. Cafeteria, gift shop and children's programs. Built in the XIX century, the mansion housing the City History museum is set in what was once the Morro Queimado coffee plantation, owned by the Marquis of São Vicente. In 1887, it was acquired by the Count of Santa Marinha who redecorated it in its current style. This museum portrays Rio de Janeiro from its founding in 1565 to the mid-XX century, highlighting the sweeping urban transformations that changed the face of the city. An impressive  permanent collection of some 17,000 items features furniture, photographs and paintings by many well-known artists.
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Army History Museum and Copacabana Fort
Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1 - Copacabana
Tel.: 2521-1032
Open: Tues - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Inaugurated in 1914 on the promontory of the old Nossa Senhora de Copacabana chapel, the Copacabana Fort was first built to strengthen the defenses protecting the Guanabara Bay with twelve meters thick walls facing the sea and weapons made by Krupp. The setting for one of the most heroic episodes in Brazil's military history - known as the 18 of the Fort -which took place on July 5th1922.  Permanent exhibition of The Army and the Formation of Brazil's National Identity during Colonial times, the Empire and the Republic. Blending historical interest with magnificent views, the Copacabana Fort offers visitors both culture and entertainment.
(Historical and Diplomatic Museum)
Palácio Itamaraty
Av. Marechal Floriano, 196 - Centro
Tel.: 2 253-7691 - Fax: 2 263-3053 
A 45 minute Guided Tours. Entry free.
Open: Mon, Wed, Fri, 1:15pm - 4:15pm

A rare example of neoclassical architecture, the Itamaraty Palace, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1899 to 1970, was built after the design of José Maria Jacinto Rebelo. The building was completed in 1854 as a mansion house and sold to the Republican Government in 1899 when it was occupied by the presidency until 1897. The Palace collection includes furniture, carpets, porcelain, statuettes and paintings. The Historical Archive has a collection of about six million documents, from 1808 until our days. The Map Collection contains 31.800 items between maps, charters, atlas and globes. The Library has about 160 thousand books and more than 1.500 newspaper titles
(National History Museum)
Praça Marechal Âncora, s/nº - Centro
Tel.: 2 550-9224 - Fax: 2 220-6290

Open: Tues - Fri, 10am - 5:30pm Sat - Sun, 2pm - 6pm
Set up in 1922 to celebrate the Centenary of Brazil's Independence from colonial rule, the National History museum is one of the country's most important museums. Two 18th-century structures form the National History Museum: the House of Armaments (1764) and the House of Train (1762) in 180,000 square feet right in the heart of Rio de Janeiro's historic downtown, its precious collection of over 257,000 works is displayed in over 50,000 square feet of exhibition space. The oldest section of this palace dates back to 1603, where the battlements of the old Santiago Fort still survive today. Countless courses, seminars and video sessions include special activities for students, teachers, senior citizens, the visually disadvantaged and needy children.

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(Sound and Image Museum)
Praça Rui Barbosa, 1 - Centro
Tel.: 2262-0309
Open: Mon - Fri, 1pm - 7pm. Entry free.
The tape collection and the Radio National Archive, with almost 39 thousand records are at the administrative head-quarters of the Image museum open for research at the Rua Visconde de Maranguape.  The great majority is from the Almirante Collection. Also find photo collections of old Rio of Augusto Malta and Guilherme Santos, the Palacio Guanabara Collection which the photographic records of the state administrations, since the creation of the Guanabara to this date. The biographic archives of Elizeth Cardoso, Nara Leão, Batista Sisters, Jorge Murad, Bandolim Jacob, Jurandyr Noronha, Salvyano Cavalcanti among many others. Besides the collections, the museum is enriched with testimonies incorporated in the sound Registers Collection - testimonies. The hundreds of tapes that are part of the collections have debates, talks, sound tracks, shows, radio programs besides the actual testimonies of personalities protagonists of various periods, like Cartola, Cacilda Becker, Clarice Lispector, Pedro Nava and Oscarito. , 
(Images of The Unconscious Museum)
Rua Ramiro Magalhães, 521
Engenho de Dentro
Tel.: 2597-4242 r. Ext 2080 & 2081
Tel.& Fax: 596-8460
Open: Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm. Entry free.
Set up in 1952 by Dr. Nise da Silveira, features works produced during occupational therapy sessions by patients at the Pedro II Psychiatric Center. Directly linked to the painting and modeling studies of this institution, the museum receives fresh works every day to add to its collection, currently estimated at around 250,000 items. These images of the unconscious are not only open to interpretation on a therapeutic basis, but also constitute true works of art that stand out for their dramatic harmony, beauty and powers of seduction.
(Indian Museum)
Rua das Palmeiras, 55 - Botafogo
Tel.: 2286-8899 - Fax: 2286-0845

Open: Tues - Fri, 10am - 5:30pm, Sat and Sun, 1pm - 5pm. Guided visits by appointment 

Home to one of the most important collections of artifacts linked to the indigenous peoples of South America. Set up 44 years ago as the scientific and cultural arm of the Nacional Indian Foundation - Funai - Fundação Nacional do Índio, this museum today holds 14,000 items, together with 500,000 documents, 16,000 local and foreign works on indigenous ethnology and related matters as well as 50,000 pictures, films, videos-tapes,  sound-recordings. 
The museum is in an attractive building dating back to 1880 that is typical of the townhouses lining the Botafogo district
There's also a shop where you can buy Indian crafts
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(Institute Castro Maya Museum - a Chácara do Céu, em Santa Teresa, e o Museu do Açude, no Alto da Boa Vista)
Estrada do Açude, 764 - Alto da Boa Vista
Tels.: 2492-2119, 2492-5219Museus Castro Maia
Open: Thurs- Sun, 11pm - 5pm

Located in an area of 150,000 square meters of Atlantic Rainforest cut by 7,5 kilometers of signposted hiking trails and surrounded by lovely gardens with ornamental Portuguese. The main building houses a major Portuguese life collection dating back to the XVII - XIX centuries, as well as colonial furniture and Oriental porcelain.
(International Naïve Art Museum of Brazil)
Rua Cosme Velho, 561 - Cosme Velho
Tels.: 2205-8612, 2205-8547 - Fax: 2205-8884
Open: Tues - Fri, 10am - 6pm. Sat - Sun and, noon - 6pm.  Guided visits by appointment and special rates for groups.
Brazil's International Naïve Art Museum is located in a charming colonial mansion, that was the studio of famous painter Eliseu Visconti. Its collection includes over 8,000 works by Brazilian artists from all over the country, as works as pictures by painters from more than 130 countries, forming the world's largest and most complete collection of primitive art recording the history of naive canvases form the XV century to the present day.

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(Jewish Museum)
Rua México, 90 - 1º - Centro
Tels.: 2240-1598, 2524-6451
Open: Mon - Thurs, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Guided visits.
The Museum was founded in 1977 and aims at preserving, cultivate and dinamize the culture and memory of the jewish traditions. The visitors will have access to exhibitions related to the culture and history of the jewish immigrants in Rio de janeiro with documents and photos, videos, books and testimonies.
(Justice Museum)
Rua Dom Manuel, 29 - 3º - Centro
Tels.: 2 588-3765, 2 588-3766, 2 588-3767 
Open: Mon - Fri, 11 am - 5:30 p.m. Entry free.

This museum organizes and promotes permanent and temporary exhibitions of documents and items that portray the activities of the Judiciary in the History of Brazil since Colonial times. A visit to this museum includes: the Plenary of the Appeal Court of the former Federal District; which is perfectly preserved with its original furniture; the Closed Courtroom, showing the functions of the former Civil and Criminal Courts; and the Mirrors Room, which houses temporary exhibitions.
(Conde Linhares Military Museum)
Av. Pedro II, 383 - São Cristóvão
Tel.: 2589-9034
Open: Sat, Sun and holydays, 10 am - 4 pm.
During the week visits restricted for schools and by appointment. This collection brings together documents of the historical bases of the Brazilian Army, stressing aspects of World War II and Brazil's participation in United Nations Peace Missions in San Domingo, Suez and Angola. Exhibition of armored cars, antique cannons, light weapons and vehicles such as the Jeep used by Mascarenhas de Morais, the Commander of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force, and a Toyota damaged in an ambush in Angola.
 - MAM (Museum of Modern Art - Rio de Janeiro)
Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85
Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes - Centro
Tel.: 210-2188 - Fax: 240-6351



Open: Tues-Fri, noon - 6 pm.Sat and Sun, noon - 7 p.m.
in Parque do Flamengo, near Santos Dumont Airport

Since August, 1990, when it returned to its normal activities following a fire which occurred in 1978, the museum has been presenting great national as well as international exhibitions.
 At present, the Museum has a collection of about 11.000 objects with sculptures and paintings by internationally renowned as well as Brazilian artists such as Bruno Giorgi, Maria Martins, Di Cavalcanti and also representatives of neo-concrete art such as Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Franz Weissman, Amilcar de Castro and Wyllis de Castro

Conceived in 1948, the first great Museum of Modern Art exhibition was held with prize winning works from the 1st São Paulo Biennial in 1951, it moved to its present home near the water in 1958. The landscape is by Burle Marx 

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(Museum of the First Empire)
Casa da Marquesa de Santos
(Home of the Marquesa de Santos)
Av. Pedro II, 293 - São Cristóvão
Tel.: 2589-9627
Open: Tues - Fri, 11am - 5pm. Entry free on Wednesdays.  Guided visits for schools and groups by appointment.

Designed by Pierre Joseph Pézerat in neo-classical style, this summer home was commissioned by Emperor Pedro I for his great love: Domitila de Castro Canto e Melo, the Marquesa de Santos, who lived here from 1826 to 1829. The main attractions of the house consists of the building and its interior, with murals by Francisco Pedro do Amaral and bas-reliefs by Marc and Zeppherine Ferrez. The history of Brazil's First Empire (1822-1831) is revealed through contemporary documents.

(Museum of the Imperial Brotherhood of Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro)
Praça N. S. da Glória, 135 - Glória
Tel.: 2557-4600

Open: Tues - Fri, 9am - noon and 1pm - 5pm. Sat - Sun, 9am - noon
Inaugurated in 1939 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of this historical Church. It features XIX century objects of material and historical value donated by Brazilian nobles. Its permanent collection includes vestments, documents, furniture and paintings, as well as other items used in earlier times to celebrate masses and other religious ceremonies.

(National Fine Arts Museum)
Av. Rio Branco, 199 - Centro
Tel.: 2240-0068 - Fax: 2262-6067
Open: Tues - Fri, 10am - 6 pm Sat - Sun, 2 - 6pm.  Entry free on Sundays.
The National Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see: It contains some 200 works by Brazilian artists from the 17th-19th centuries. There's also a foreign gallery with paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Taunay. The Academy of Fine Arts was once housed in this 1908 French Renaissance building.
Since it was first established in 1937, the National Fine Arts museum has been located in the building that once housed the National Fine Arts School. Its neo-Classical facade is a landmark on what was once Avenida Central, today Avenida Rio Branco. Its galleries house Brazilian works of art ranging from the XVII to the XX century, as well as works by foreign artists that include paintings, sculptures and drawings. This museum also features a collection of folk-art reflecting the regional characteristics of Brazil, in addition to a collection of images, medals, African art, and furniture. It also offers halls for temporary exhibitions.

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(National Museum)
Quinta da Boa Vista, s/ nº - São Cristóvão
Tel.: 2568-1149

Open: Tues - Sun 10am - 4pm
This large mansion has been the National museum since 1892. It was donated to the Prince-Regent John VI by Portuguese merchant Elias Antonio Lopes in 1808. After the collapse of the Brazilian Empire, it was used as a barracks, then a school, and finally became the seat of the Assembly. 
With more than a million pieces on display: zoology, archaeology, theology, botany and classical antiques it is one of Brazil's most complete museums.
Popular holdings include  the biggest meteorite discovered in the Southern Hemisphere (5.36 tons/4,860 kg), the place that drew up the first Constitution of the Brazilian Republic, Egyptian mummies and sarcophagi, together with indigenous weapons and objects, stuffed animals and minerals from all over the world.  Part of this collection belonged to Emperor Pedro II, who was a botanist, and his wife the Empress Teresa Cristina, an archeologist. There is also a nursery garden covering 40,000 m2 and a library specializing in the natural and anthropological sciences with 442,000 volumes.

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(Museum Bauru)
Cais do Espaço Cultural da Marinha
(Moored at the docks of Navy Cultural Center
at the end of Av. Alfredo Agache)
Av. Alfredo Agache, s/no - Centro
Tels.: 2253-9236, 2216-6191
Open: Tues-Sun, noon - 5pm.
The Bauru today houses an exhibition of weapons and installations typical of a World War II torpedo-boat.

Museu Naval e Oceanográfico
Rua Dom Manuel, 15
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20010-090 +55 21 533-7626

 Rio began as a seafaring city and is a great place to explore some of its history. The exhibit begins with the Portuguese control of Brazils naval affairs and continues to the present times. Housed in the original Navy headquarters, downtown, there are also models of galleons, nautical charts, naval paintings and military equipment on display. The highlight, however, has to be the hand-drawn map of the New World by Pedro Álvares Cabral.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea--Niterói
Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer's whose spaceship design for Niterói's Contemporary Art Museum is the main reason to visit the tall City across the Bay.   Oscar Niemeyer, this striking contemporary art museum opened in 1996. Referred to locally as the "Macky," it houses a modest  collection of 1,000 works by contemporary Brazilian art
Niteroi Slide show


Museu de Arte Contemporânea--Niterói by "Set atop a promontory with a stunning view of Rio, the all-white flying saucer says clearly yet elegantly that here is a landmark structure. The magic continues inside with an observation gallery following a band of picture windows around the outside circumference, inviting patrons to gaze on Rio, the Sugarloaf, Guanabara Bay, and the city of Niterói itself. As a gallery, however, the museum has drawbacks. more "

Hours Open Tues-Fri and Sat 1-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm
Location Mirante de Boa Viagem s/n
Transportation From Praça XV take the ferry to Niterói, then take a short taxi ride along Niterói's waterfront and up the hill to the museum
Phone 021/2620-2481
Prices Admission R$5 (US$2.50) adults, R$3 (US$1.50) students and seniors, free for children 7 and under


(Professor Salles Cunha Odontology Museum)
Rua Barão de Sertório, 85 - Rio Comprido
Tel.: 2504-0002 - Fax: 2504-3859
Open: Mon - Fri, 8am - 9:30pm

Equipments, books and items reflecting the history of odontology in Brazil and worldwide.
(Duque de Caxias Pantheon)
Praça Duque de Caxias, 25 - Centro
Tel.: 2521-1032 (information)
Open: Mon - Thurs, 10am - 4pm. Fri, 10am - noon
The life and outstanding achievements of Duque de Caxias are mirrored in this exibition which features a ducal crown, insignia, sabers and the tombstones of the Duque and Duchess, as well as his mortal remains. He is the Patron of the Brazilian Army.
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura R || TOP ||
Largo de São Francisco
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20051-070
 +55 21 2221-3138

 An extensive library with more than 350,000 volumes, among them a rare 1572 edition of Camõess "Os Lusíadas." Located across from the Igreja de São Francisco de Paula, and completed in 1887, the entire collection is devoted to Portuguese literature.
 "Most interesting is the reading room itself."

(Republic Museum - Catete Palace)
Palácio do Catete
Rua do Catete, 153 - Catete
Tel.: 2558-6350 - Fax: 2285-0795 
Open: Tues - Fri, noon - 5pm. Sat - Sun, 2pm - 6pm.  Visits by appointment for schools. Mon Fri, 10 am.5 p.m.
Entry free on Wednesdays.

The Catete Palace - seat of Brazil's Republican Government from 1897 to 1960 and stage the activities of eighteen Presidents - has seen some of the most important events in Brazil's political life, including the Declaration of Brazil's entry into World Wars I and II, and the suicide of President Getúlio Vargas in 1954. Transformed into a museum when Brasília became the nation's capital in 1960, and closed for restoration from 1983 through 1989, the Republic Museum reopened with a broad-ranging cultural program that includes exhibitions, concerts, plays, movies, videos, boutiques, restaurants and a book-store. In 1993 it became the first computerized museum in Latin American with multimedia kiosks and a well equipped reference center offering 20,000 books. 7,000 items and 80,000 documents mirroring the history of Brazil.

Museu da República--Palácio do Catete

Sambódromo (Museu do Carnaval) S || TOP ||
Rua Marquês de Sapucaí, s/n
Praça Onze
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20210-070
+55 21 2502-6996 

This is a place of interest for those wanting information about the history of the worlds craziest festivity. Previously held on the Avenida Presidente Vargas downtown, the Carnaval parades were moved to the Oscar Niemeyer—designed Sambódromo in 1984. Eerily empty outside of the celebration, your only consolation is to imagine what the raucous festivities are like. This becomes easier when you enter the museum and catch a glimpse of the photos, artifacts and historical information on display. The booths are used as classrooms during the school year.

(Riachuelo Submarine Museum)
Cais do Espaço Cultural da Marinha
(Docks of the Navy Cultural Center)
Av. Alfredo Agache, s/no - Centro
Tels.: 2216-6814, 2216-6815
Open: Tues - Sun, noon - 5 p.m.

Included in the Brazilian fleet on January 27th 1977, this is the seventh vessel in the Brazilian Navy to bear the name of Riachuelo, recalling the great sea-battle that took place on June 11 1865 between the Paraguayan fleet and part of the Brazilian fleet, under the command of Admiral Barroso. During its time in active service, the Riachuelo submarine traveled a total of 181,924.88 miles, with 1,283.5 days at sea and 17,699 hours and 41 minutes under water. Touring its compartments, visitors learn about its weaponry and machinery, getting a good idea of life on board.
(Theatres Museum)
Rua São João Batista, 103/105 - Botafogo
Tel.: 2286-3234
Open: Mon - Fri - 11 am - 4:30pm.

A collection of some 36,000 items and documents focused on the history of scenic arts is housed In this Museum, covering some 200 square meters. The painting collection displays studies by Eliseu Visconti for the murals decorating the Municipal Theatre in downtown Rio, while the furniture includes chairs from the Lyric Theater - the main entertainment center of Brazil's Second Empire. The photograph section has some 5,000 studies of artists and their performances, while the library includes many rare books, some dating back to the XVII century, in addition to a collection of programs from the Municipal Theater. The manuscript section includes the score of the opera Jupira, by Francisco Braga, while the wardrobe collection includes treasures such as the costumes worn by Dulcina and Odilon in O Imperador Galante.
(Education Technology Museum)
Inst. de Pesquisas Avançadas em Educação
Av. Pres. Vargas, 418 / 21º e 22 º - Centro
Tel.: 2516-0400 - Fax: 2253-3179
Open: Mon - Fri, 9am - 5 p.m

The permanent collection contains equipment used in schools over the centuries.

Templo da Humanidade
Rua Benjamin Constant, 74
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20241-150
+55 21 2224-3861
Located in Glória you will be greeted at the entrance with a sign saying,

 "Os vivos são sempre e cada vez mais governados necessariamente pelos mortos" 
("The living are always and forever necessarily governed by the dead")
this is essentially a temple to the "positivism" movement founded by
Auguste Comte. The belief itself had some influence in this country as Comtes motto 
"Ordem e Progresso
found its way onto the Brazilian flag. The museum pays tribute to scientists and celebrities, and is like no other
Templo da Humanidade

(Train Museum)
Rua Arquias Cordeiro, 1.046 - Dentro
Tel.: 2269-5545
Open: Tues - Fri, 10am - noon, 1:30pm - 4pm. Sat - Sun, 1pm - 5pm.
The collection includes the Baronesa, Brazil's first locomotive as well as the imperial carriage used by Emperor Pedro II and the presidential car set aside for President Getúlio Vargas.
(Gama Filho University Museum)
Rua Manuel Vitorino, 625 - Piedade
Tel.: 2599-7117
Open: Mon - Fri, 9 am - 6pm.

Set up as a heritage institution, this museum houses a collection recounting the history of education in Brazil, spotlighting research projects enhancing social development in lower income areas such as the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, including interviews, photographs and unpublished documents dating back to the XIX Century.
(Urban Cleaning Museum)
Casa de Banho de D. João VI
Rua Praia do Caju, 385 - Caju
Tel.: 2 580-6033 r Ext: 3071
Tel. & Fax: 2 580-0699
Open: Tues - Fri, 10am - 5pm. Sat - Sun, 1pm - 5pm.  Entry free.

A rare example of XIX century architecture, this building was declared a national monument preserved by IPHAN in 1938. It was restored by COMLURB in 1996 in order to house the museum of the Urban Cleaning. In addition to recounting part of the history of Rio, showing how the city grew, solving problems and creating decent living conditions for its residents, it also offers guided tours and recreational activities, as well as seminars, exhibitions and cultural presentations.
(Life Museum)
Casa de Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ
Av. Brasil, 4.365 - Manguinhos
Tels.: 2598-4305, 2598-4221
Open: Tues - Fri, 9 am - 5pm. Sat-Sun, 10 am - 4 p.m.  Entry free.  Guided visits by appointment except on Saturdays and Sundays.
This interactive science museum spotlights topics linked to life, from the viewpoint of a variety of disciplines: mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, history, ecology etc, emphasizing scientific knowledge about the evolution of the Universe and Life, as well as the achievements of man in understanding all this. This museum has several areas interlinked by a science Train: science on stage (theater, plays, video centers and experimentation laboratory), Biodiscovering (microscope planisphers and mulimedia) and the science Park (13 open air interactive plays). Besides the architectural, artistic and cultural Fiocruz heritage with scientific collections, there is the history of the scientific feats at Manguinhos since the times of the public health pioneer Oswaldo Cruz also, the Mourisco palace that can be visited accompanied by guides and the greenery of the park.
(Villa-Lobos Museum)
Rua Sorocaba, 200 - Botafogo
Tel.: 2266-3845 - Fax: 2286-3097
Open: Mon - Fri, 10am - 5:30pm.

Records, concert programs, scores all connected with major Brazilian composer and conductor Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Museu Villa-Lobos by

(World War II Museum)
Monumento Nacional aos Mortos na
II Guerra Mundial
(National Monument to the Dead
of World War II)
Av. Infante Dom Henrique
Parque Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes - Aterro
Tel.: 2240-1283
Open: Tues - Sun, 10am - 4pm
Brazilian, American and German uniforms, together with weapons, medals, stamps and documents belonging to soldiers who fought in World War II (1939-1945). Built in 1960, this monument includes a m, the Mausoleum with the mortal remains of Brazilian heroes who died on the battlefield of Italy, and the Tomb of the Unknowm Soldier, together with a lake and works by Ceschiatti and Anísio Araújo de Medeiros.
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