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 VisitFee: Yes
Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 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 ArtMap of nearby accommodations:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 1 - Orange or Line 2 - Green||Cinelândia||10 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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Ratedout of 5
An amazing museum rivaling any other world class modern art museum. With an extremely low entrance fee and discounts for students, this is the best way to view some of the most impressive works that Rio and Brazil have to offer. Extremely forward thinking pieces that are creative and outside of the box. They offer the mindset of contemporary and modern focuses while sometimes looking back at a historical context. From the old film equipment gallery to the historical photography exhibit. The stunning pieces bring out the inquisitive side in any mind young or old and makes you ponder about the future and art itself. I would not miss this museum for anything and it's truly a highlight of my visit to Rio.
Victor Wang - 2 days ago
My favourite museum in Rio, practically a second home, an architectural wonder in this beautiful city and housing the best Brazilian artists public collection in the world!
Walter Gaspar - 12 days ago
Stunning brutalist building with nice surroundings for a relaxing weekend afternoon. Some exhibits are quite expensive, but generally it's worth checking them out.
Juliana Rocha - 2 months ago
A very traditional Contemporary/Modern Art museum worth a visit through the whole year long. Located at the popular Flamengo Park. The building itself has one of the most beautiful architectural projects you'll see in the country. Great for photography. It has a very charming water garden, lecture halls, a theater room, an art shop and a coffeeshop. The staff is mostly great and very helpful.
Hanike Treisce - 3 months ago