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Museum of Modern Art

Explore the best of 20th-century Brazilian art and sample cutting-edge Brazilian cuisine at this bold 1950s modernist gallery on the edge of Rio’s Guanabara Bay.

See works by some of Rio de Janeiro’s and Brazil’s most famous 20th-century artists in the Museum of Modern Art (MAM). Located inside a building designed by a Brazilian modernist architect and exhibiting works from one of Brazil’s largest art collections, the MAM is one of the most prized museums in the country. After visiting the museum, explore the surrounding Flamengo Park, the largest park in Rio.

Before starting your gallery tour, take the time to admire the MAM structure, designed in the 1950s by Brazilian architect Afonso Reidy. Climb the concrete spiral staircase into the museum’s interior. The permanent exhibition is titled Genealogies of the Contemporary. It highlights the history of Brazilian art since the 1920s. Here, you will find pieces from the extensive Gilberto Chateaubriand collection. Famous Brazilian artists like Maria Martins, Di Cavalcanti and Cândido Portinari are on display beside European modernists like Alberto Giacometti and Fernand Léger.

Visit the MAM at the end of the year to see an annual exhibition of the winners of Brazil’s Professional Art Investor Award (PIPA). See exciting contemporary works chosen by art industry professionals and by popular vote.

If you enjoy the culinary arts, make a reservation at the MAM’s renowned restaurant, Laguiole. Enjoy contemporary Brazilian cuisine and peruse the expansive wine list, which features over 8,000 different bottles.

Take a walk through Flamengo Park, where the museum is situated. Spread over 300 acres (121 hectares) along the edge of Guanabara Bay, this is Rio’s largest park. Cool off in the water at Botafogo Beach to the south or watch locals fly remote controlled airplanes in one of the park’s open areas.

Rio’s Museum of Modern Art is open Tuesday through Sunday every week. There is a fee to enter. A metro stop is located just a short walk to the northwest. There is paid on-site parking at the museum for those arriving by car.

Make the most of your visit to Museum of Modern Art. Here's a list of some of the most popular activities:

You ought to consider purchasing a Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art Guided Tour or a Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rio and Niteroi while you're here. These activities are a couple of the best.

For even more activities, have a look at our Rio de Janeiro things to do page.


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Prodigy Santos Dumont ¥8,115
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.

    Américas Granada Hotel ¥4,397
    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 ¥5,124
      Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

      Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

      Rua Visc. de Maranguape, 9 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro
         
        3.0 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.

        ibis Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont ¥3,731
        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.

          Hotel Atlantico Business Centro ¥3,873
          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.

            Casa Nova Hotel ¥4,648
            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 ¥5,164
              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.

                Novotel RJ Santos Dumont ¥6,782
                Novotel RJ Santos Dumont

                Novotel RJ Santos Dumont

                Avenida Rua Marechal Camara 300, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Rio de Janeiro hotel is located near the airport, 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 10 minutes by foot and Carioca Station is 13 minutes.