For those who love the sea, ships and the culture of the Navy, you cannot miss a trip to Espaco Cultural da Marinha. This museum is delightful with model ships, sailing rafts and other sailing artefacts which will be of interest to those of you who love the sea and who know something about the navy and ships.
There are boat tours around the bay of Guanabara which offer wonderful views of the city of Rio from the water. Coming into the harbour, you can get a sense of what it must have felt like for the Brazilian sailors of old as they came home after long trips at sea. Even though the harbour has changed over the years, the delight of seeing Rio has not changed at all. There is a guide on board to explain the city's history; the only problem is that if you do not speak Portuguese you will miss out on the story. None the less, there is plenty to see as you cruise around IIha Fiscal and Niteroi getting views of the city, Sugarloaf and some bay islands. If you make a trip to a navel museum the one thing that you absolutely have to do is go for a cruise on the water or do a tour on a ship that is moored. How could you ever appreciate the Navy if you do not set foot on the deck of a boat at sea?
Just alongside the Espaço Cultural da Marinha, are two vessels that you can have guided tours on, think of them as two floating museums . This offers you the rare opportunity to actually board Navy vessels, the one vessel is a submarine which is from the 1970's era and is called the Riachuelo and the other is a small WWII warship called the Bauru. You can go on a self-guided tour of both these ships from 12 noon until 5pm.
Having seen the city of Rio from the sea and having walked about Navy vessels you will think that there is nothing much else to do. Wrong! If you have not been in the museum itself then you still have the opportunity to see many of the replica model ships inside the museum. With a wide variety of small scale and full size replicas of some of the most primitive Brazilian sailing boats you will need to set aside a few hours to appreciate them all.
Cultural da Marinha is situated on the Waterfront, Av. Alfred Agache, s/n – Centro Rio de Janeiro to be exact, very close to the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Espaço Cultural da MarinhaFee: No
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
Av. Alfred Agache, s/n
Rio de Janeiro - RJ 20021-000
Phone: +55 21 2104-5592
Accommodations near Espaço Cultural da Marinha:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 -Orange||Uruguaiana||12 Minutes|
|Line 1 - Orange||Carioca Station||12 Minutes|
How to get to Espaço Cultural da Marinha by Metro
Exit the Metro Line 1 at Carioca Station and make your way east across the plaza to Rua San Jose - a pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare that is lined with many shops and restaurants. Follow it east as far as it goes passing beneath the express way and into the plaza where you will see the Ferry ticket booths ahead. Look for the Tribunal de Justica Centro Adminstativo building at the north end of the plaza and follow the sidewalk along the left side of the building until you arrive at the entrance to Espaco Cultural da Marinha.
Alternately you can exit at Uruguaniana Station cross over to the north side of Av. Presidente Vargas and follow it east past Candelária Church and Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil to the waterfront. Continue around the curve to your right staying on the sidewalk by the waters edge until you get to the entrance.
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