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Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR

Spread across a historic building and a modern construction, connected by a canopy roof structure, this art museum exhibits an eclectic range of Brazilian art.

The Museu de Arte do Rio, or MAR as it is also known, shines a spotlight on Rio de Janeiro’s contributions to the art world. View exhibitions of historic and contemporary artworks and marvel at the unusual “flying carpet” roof that connects the turn-of-the-century building with the more modern adjacent structure.

This museum opened in 2013 and was part of a wave of development in the city during the run-up to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Architects Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura were tasked with its design and, taking inspiration from the shape of waves, they created a unique undulating concrete canopy to connect the disparate structures. Book a table on the terrace at the museum’s rooftop Mauá Restaurant and eat alfresco under the shelter of the canopy while admiring views over the harbor.

Explore the museum’s exhibitions, which place an emphasis on the city of Rio. Previous exhibitions have included The Colour of Brazil, which examined the use of color throughout the history of Brazilian art, and Body Discourses [the Vertigo of Rio], which featured work from the likes of Evandro Teixeira and Mario Testino.

If you need a pick-me-up after browsing all the exhibits, stop for a coffee and some Brazilian specialties at the Cristóvão Café e Bistrô. MAR is also focused on education through the museum’s Escola do Olhar school. Check ahead to see what workshops, lectures, courses and seminars are taking place during your visit.

Before leaving, browse the Novo Desenho museum store. Buy products from up-and-coming and established Brazilian designers. Much of the merchandise for sale focuses on Rio de Janeiro iconography.

Find the Museu de Arts do Rio overlooking Praça Mauá in Rio’s recently regenerated port area. To get there, take the subway to Uruguaiana Station. From there, it is a 10-minute walk to the museum. Alternatively, choose between any of the 20 bus routes that serve the area. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday. Those aged under 21 are entitled to half-price tickets, while all visitors go free on Tuesdays.


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Hotel Atlântico Prime ¥1,887
Hotel Atlântico Prime

Hotel Atlântico Prime

Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    4.0 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. Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro and Municipal Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cinelandia Station is 16 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 16 minutes.

    Américas Granada Hotel ¥2,494
    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 1 mi (2 km) of Arcos da Lapa, Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro, and Sambodrome. Flamengo Beach and Museum of Tomorrow are also within 2 mi (3 km). Carioca Station is 13 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 13 minutes.

      Hotel Atlantico Tower ¥1,958
      Hotel Atlantico Tower

      Hotel Atlantico Tower

      Rua Visconde de Inhauma, 95, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Museum of Tomorrow. Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro and Sambodrome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Uruguaiana Station is 5 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 10 minutes.

        Hotel Atlantico Business Centro ¥1,695
        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 within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro. Flamengo Beach and Museum of Tomorrow are also within 2 mi (3 km). Cinelandia Station is only a 4-minute walk and Carioca Station is 7 minutes.

          Hotel Atlântico Avenida ¥1,256
          Hotel Atlântico Avenida

          Hotel Atlântico Avenida

          Av. Rio Branco 33, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Museum of Tomorrow. Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro and Sambodrome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Uruguaiana Station is 8 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 11 minutes.

            Center Hotel
            Center Hotel

            Center Hotel

            Av. Rio Branco 33, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Museum of Tomorrow. Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro and Sambodrome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Uruguaiana Station is 8 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 11 minutes.

              Hotel center avenida
              Hotel center avenida

              Hotel center avenida

              Avenida Rio branco 33 Cep 20090003, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Museum of Tomorrow. Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro and Sambodrome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Uruguaiana Station is 8 minutes by foot and Presidente Vargas Station is 11 minutes.

                OYO Hotel Vital ¥1,567
                OYO Hotel Vital

                OYO Hotel Vital

                Rua Sacadura Cabral,107, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Guanabara Bay and Museum of Tomorrow. Sambodrome and Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro are also within 2 mi (3 km). Presidente Vargas Station is 13 minutes by foot and Uruguaiana Station is 14 minutes.