Eva Klabin Foundation Museum

The private collection of the Evan Klabin Foundation includes more than 2,000 pieces dating back as far as 5,000 years

Entrance to the Eva Klabin House
Entrance to the Eva Klabin House cc licensed photo by Filme Rio

If you are interested in classical art, visiting the Eva Klabin Museum will not leave you wanting. The Eva Klabin Foundation (Fundação Eva Klabin) has the most important collection of classical art of any Brazilian museum.

This private collection was established in 1990 in the house that belonged to Eva Klabin and has a very impressive art collection which houses more than 2,000 pieces that date back as far as 5,000 years.

You can imagine that if the collection dates back 5,000 years then there are some pretty historical pieces there, including pieces from Ancient Egypt. Some would describe this collection as eclectic, and impressive. This art collection was gathered by Eva Klabin, Brazilian born in 1903 with Lithuanian heritage.

Eva Klabin was the eldest daughter of Lithuanian parents and immigrants Fanny and Hessel Klabin. Although she was born in Brazil she also spent a lot of her teenage and adult life living abroad. When she was a teenager her parents moved back to Germany and stayed there until they were forced to move to Switzerland after the start of World War I. Then in 1919 her family decided to move back to Brazil where Eva's father was one of the founders of the leading paper industries in Brazil. Four years after her return to Brazil, she once again went to live in Germany as she escorted her sick mother for treatments in the country. When her mother passed on, Eva went to America to finish her studies.

It was on these travels that Eva started to collect art pieces that she loved. When she returned to Brazil in 1933 she met her soon to be husband. He was an Austrian born, lawyer and journalist by the name of Paolo Rapaport and theirs was a marriage that would last.

They moved to Rio and bought a house which is located adjacent to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, later becoming the museum which houses her impressive collection of art pieces. After her husband's death in 1952, Eva's hobby of collecting art pieces became her sole dedication as she never remarried nor had any children.

She renovated her house in 1960 to make space for her prized collection which she would share with esteemed friends such as David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger. A year prior to her death she founded the Eva Klabin foundation with the purpose of continuing her work and sharing it with the world.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Eva Klabin Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 2:00 – 6:00 PM

Address: Av. Epitácio Pessoa, 2480 - Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22471-000, Brazil

Phone: (21) 3202-8550

Official Website: Eva Klabin

Eva Klabin Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The tour guide was amazing, very informative and invited curiosity with regards to the pieces.
Tynisha Dones - 2 years ago

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5 Star Rating One of the best house-museums in Río. It's not so big, but has a lot of things to see. Also there is a guide who speaks English which is not common in Río. Highly recommended to visit.
Alina Prigarina - a year ago

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4 Star Rating It's a lovely place, they are asking for vaccine certificate and following all the COVID guidelines. It's not a museum itself but more a private well curated collection with a great variety, with some pieces from Egypt, China, Europe, etc. The museum was the house of the art collector whom gives the name to the place, so you have an intimate look to her life and her taste in arts. The only thing missing for me is the lack of tags in the pieces, so most of the times you don't know what you are looking to, but the lady there mentioned it was a decision Klabin to keep everything as it was, no tags, no guided visit but a mediated visit.
Carolina Vesga Hernández - 2 years ago

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5 Star Rating Interesting place. I recommend to visit. The time will take about 30 minutes.
Boris Nikulin - a year ago

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4 Star Rating Unfortunately with limited opening hours: tuesday and sunday between 2 and 6pm.
Decuypere Walter - 9 years ago

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Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - OrangeCantagalo8 MInutes

How to get to Eva Klabin by Metro

Exit Cantagalo Station and go right along Rua Miguel Lemos, cross over at the crosswalk and continue west along the right hand side of Avenue Henrique Dodsworth. Cut to your right across the little park just before the overpass. The Eva Klabin Foundation is located just behind the bus stop just past the side street.

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