Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Theatro Municipal

Watch a concert or a ballet at this century-old opera house, which glitters just as it did in the early 1900s, thanks to a painstaking 2008 renovation.

Experience the grandeur of early 20th-century Rio at the Theatro Municipal, the city’s main opera house. A neoclassical palace of marble columns, green onyx staircases and golden bronze statues, the opera house is as much of a spectacle as the regular opera, ballet and orchestral performances that take place here. See a show or take a guided tour of the newly refurbished interior.

The Theatro Municipal opened in 1909. Since then, it has featured thousands of performances, including appearances by Igor Stravinsky, Anna Pavlova and the world-famous Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. It has also undergone several renovations, the latest in 2008 costing more than $64 million.

Before you enter, examine the marble façade, which was modeled after the Paris Opera. Neoclassical columns line the front and copper cupolas crown the roof of the building. Notice the huge golden bronze eagle, which stands at the center of the building as its highest point. Visit the theater at night to see the stained-glass windows on the front of the theater colorfully illuminated.

Head inside and explore the entrance hall. The main staircase consists of green onyx and the fixtures include pieces of marble and gold. Notice the two bronze statues as you walk in. These were designed by French sculptor Raoul Verlet. The statue to the left represents poetry, while the one on the right represents dance. Peek into the performance hall to see a century-old frieze towering above the red velvet seats.

For the ultimate in Theatro Municipal experiences, book seats to a ballet, opera or orchestral performance. Both the Petrobras Symphony Orchestra and the Brasileira Symphony Orchestra call the theater home, so be sure to catch one of their regular performances. Otherwise, visit during the day from Tuesday through Saturday and join a guided tour of the theater for a small fee. If you’re looking for an atmospheric dining experience, head down into the theater’s basement to the small restaurant fitted with tile mosaics in a Babylonian style.

Theatro Municipal stands on the north end of Cinelândia, the main square of downtown Rio. The metro stops in the middle of the square.


Guide to Exploring around Municipal Theater


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Municipal Theater

See all 2,184 Properties near Municipal Theater
Américas Granada Hotel ¥4,458
Américas Granada Hotel

Américas Granada Hotel

Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Museum of Modern Art are also within 1 mi (2 km). Carioca Station is 13 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 13 minutes.

    Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro ¥4,479
    Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

    Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

    Rua Visc. de Maranguape, 9 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lapa, this hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay and Arcos da Lapa. Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) are also within 10 minutes. Cinelandia Station is 8 minutes by foot and Gloria Station is 9 minutes.

      Hotel Atlantico Business Centro ¥3,927
      Hotel Atlantico Business Centro

      Hotel Atlantico Business Centro

      Rua Senador Dantas, 25, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro are also within 10 minutes. Cinelandia Station is only a 4-minute walk and Carioca Station is 7 minutes.

        Prodigy Santos Dumont ¥7,678
        Prodigy Santos Dumont

        Prodigy Santos Dumont

        Av. Almirante Silvio de Noronha, 365, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Museum of Modern Art. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Flamengo Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cinelandia Station is 17 minutes by foot and Carioca Station is 21 minutes.

          ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont ¥3,760
          ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

          ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

          Rua Marechal Camara 280 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Museum of Modern Art. Selaron Steps and Arcos da Lapa are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cinelandia Station is 9 minutes by foot and Carioca Station is 13 minutes.

            Casa Nova Hotel ¥4,711
            Casa Nova Hotel

            Casa Nova Hotel

            Rua do Riachuelo,105, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Santa Teresa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay, Arcos da Lapa, and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and Museum of Modern Art are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cinelandia Station is 14 minutes by foot and Gloria Station is 16 minutes.

              Hotel O.K ¥3,664
              Hotel O.K

              Hotel O.K

              Senador Dantas 24, Cinelândia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro are also within 10 minutes. Cinelandia Station is only a 4-minute walk and Carioca Station is 7 minutes.

                ibis Rio de Janeiro Centro ¥4,050
                ibis Rio de Janeiro Centro

                ibis Rio de Janeiro Centro

                Rua Silva Jardim 32 Torre I, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lapa, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Municipal Theater, Gloria Marina, and Sambodrome. Maracana Stadium and Christ the Redeemer are also within 9 mi (15 km). Carioca Station is 7 minutes by foot and Uruguaiana Station is 9 minutes.