Art Lovers Must Visit These Three Museums in Rio de Janeiro

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Estevão Teixeira on Unsplash

Rio de Janeiro is one of Latin America’s busiest metropolises and it’s impossible to get bored while visiting, but what if you simply want to sit back, relax, and enjoy some art? That’s exactly the kind of experience you’ll find at the city’s many amazing art museums—starting with these three.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

One of Rio’s main landmarks, this museum is located in the iconic spaceship-like building designed by Oscar Niemeyer. It’s equally impressive inside and out, and you should make sure to step inside and discover its contemporary art collection, which includes over 1,000 works and covers three floors.

Museum of Modern Art

If the previous museum doesn’t satisfy your cravings for modern art, this one certainly will. It’s located in Flamengo Park, and it will win you over with its striking architecture and water gardens. In addition to exhibitions, it also offers a theater and lecture halls.

National Museum of Fine Arts

If modern art simply isn’t your thing and you prefer museums with a more classic feel, Rio de Janeiro has a spot for you. This fine-arts museum is one of Brazil’s most important cultural institutions, best known for its impressive collection of 19th-century paintings and sculptures.