MAM - Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art is a must see for those who love art

Museum of Modern Art at Night
Museum of Modern Art at Night cc licensed photo by marcusrg

For those who love art, a trip to Rio would be incomplete without a trip to the Museum of Modern Art (Museu Arte Moderna). As the name states this museum is home to a number of collections of modern and contemporary art including paintings, photographs and sculptures.

There are over 11,000 works of art in the museum's permanent collection by both international as well as Brazilian born artists, some of these include the works by Marino Marini, Jean Arp, Bruno Giorgi, Helio Oiticica and Lygia Clark to name but a few.

Visitors also have the pleasure and surprise of viewing some of the travelling collections. This also ensures that visitors who have already been to the Museum of Modern Art will always have a new collection to view and appreciate. Visitors also need to know that not all of the collections which are permanent are always on display. There are signs describing the art pieces in both Portuguese and English.

The structure itself was designed by Alfonso Eduardo Reidy and was completed in 1955, a modernist building which was built with large windows and external pillar elements which allows the building to have fewer internal structural walls. The design of the building allows visitors views of the beautifully sculptured gardens and other natural sights such as Sugarloaf mountain and other mountain formations as well as a glimpse of Guanabara Bay.

The museum can be located at Parque do Flamengo (Flamengo Park) on the coast of Rio, an urban planning project at the time. The garden was designed and sculptured by Roberto Burle Marx, the design is abstract and you can get a full view of the spectacular garden from the second-floor patio of the museum.

Despite its vast collection of modern art, beautifully sculptured garden and uninterrupted views of the landscapes the museum is also known for its cinema with many film events being held there over weekends.

There is a restaurant, bar and a lounge area by the deck which make it a really wonderful place to relax and take in all the beauty around you.

For art lovers or for those who appreciate the finer things in life, make sure to stop by the museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: MAM - Museum of Modern Art

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Tuesday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Category: Art Museums

Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85
Rio de Janeiro - RJ 20021-140

Phone: +55 21 3883-5600


Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 16 Reviews.

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1 Star Rating We took uber there, it is not in a walking distance from every tourist place you might be. We checked before that Sunday's and Holidays was old anyway. It... Read More

Marian M. Feb-27-2019

3 Star Rating For R$14, the museum is a fairly decent value. That said, today we were a little unlucky because nearly half of the museum seemed to be closed off for a... Read More

Reese J. Mar-14-2015

5 Star Rating Sadly there is not really anything to see here as they are refurbishing the site ready for the World Cup 2014. Initially no one wanted to help or assist... Read More

Wilkie J. Apr-12-2014

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How to get to MAM - Museum of Modern Art by Metro

Exit at Cinelândia Station and walk south along the east sidewalk of Avenida Rio Branco (runs along the east edge of the plaza) until you get to Av. Beira Mar and go left. Walk to the pedestrian overpass and take it across to the museum.

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