Since its 1937 opening, the art museum has become an important cultural fixture celebrating Brazil’s heritage. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes is its massive, permanent exhibition featuring more than 16,000 works of art by Brazilian painters, sculptors, and other artists. Though its collection focuses largely on 19th century art, the museum also houses an impressive array of Brazilian folk and West African art, as well as a smattering of contemporary and modern pieces.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum’s building was designed in 1908 by Adolfo Morales de los Rios, and its previous tenant was the National School of Fine Arts.
- The museum offers free family workshops.
- Admission is free on Sunday.
- Visitors can buy tickets and enter the museum 30 minutes prior to closing.
How to Get There
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes is accessible by tram from the Rio de Janeiro Airport RJ Santos Dumont. After an 11-minute ride, take the VLT - Cinelândi stop before walking 4 minutes to the museum.
When to Get There
The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 1pm to 6pm. It is closed on Monday.
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