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

Fee: Yes

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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

Phone: (21) 3883-5600

Official Website: MAM - Museum of Modern Art

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Very beautiful place, a must see! It was my first time in Rio and I visited a couple of the museums however, by far this is my favorite if you're into art painting sculptures whatever it is definitely check the spot out. They had dancing outside of the museum. It was very beautiful and definitely check out the wall butts lol.
Tony M - 6 months ago

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5 Star Rating I felt way more engaged here than at the art museums back home and I can’t speak Portuguese at all… the art is thought provoking and adds great non-verbal commentary
Alex Allen - 8 months ago

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3 Star Rating The museum was all of two floors. Not grand if comparing it to NYC or London. It did have interesting exhibitions. Entry is FREE, although they do suggest a donation. Perhaps it's me but I don't trust giving a donation to a staff member without getting a receipt. I decided to turn back around and ask that the donation amount be shown on my ticket. You never know. 😉
Roc Angel - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating A lovely modern set museum near the Santos Dumond airport. The exhibit space is cool and this is a good morning morning or afternoon hang inside and out by Marina de Glória.
Lee Whitmore - a year ago

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5 Star Rating Small but interesting. We visited on a Sunday and the area is obviously a big draw for the local art students. There's a WW2 war memorial nearby which was interesting. Who knew Brazilian troops fought in Italy!
Steven Pearce - 4 months ago

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Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - GreenCinelândia10 Minutes

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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