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Museu Nacional De Belas Artes

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Address: Avenida Rio Branco 199 | Centro (Cinelandia), Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-008, Brazil
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+55(21) 3299-0600
12:00 - 16:30
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Inside this French Renaissance-style building is a collection of paintings...

Inside this French Renaissance-style building is a collection of paintings by Brazil's finest contemporary artists as well as an impressive array of folk and African art.

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Worth a visistif there's enough time on your schedule.

There is plenty to do in the Cinelandia area of Rio but if you do have 30-45 minutes spare and you have an interest in Art then this museum could be of interest. The collection is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 January 2017
Brian M
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

There is plenty to do in the Cinelandia area of Rio but if you do have 30-45 minutes spare and you have an interest in Art then this museum could be of interest. The collection is mainly of nineteenth and early twentieth century Brazilian artists. We always find it interesting getting to know new local artists and this museum will... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

I am sorry to give the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes a poor review. I really did find it underwhelming. It gave me a poor impression of Brazilian Art until I vsited the Museo de Arte do Rio for the special exibit 'A Cor do Brasil' (The Color of Brazil) which showcased world class Braziliian art from the colonial period... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

The admissions desk was reluctant to admit us without our passport, which was being held on our cruise ship, bit after a discussion they decided it was all right. The security guards in the museum take their jobs seriously, jealously guarding each room and following you from picture to picture. Strange. There are many auspicious works here, but unfortunately without... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Not surprisingly mostly a 19th century academic collection of Brazilian artists, heavily influenced by French models, but really delightful. The upstairs gallery has some enormous history panels that make the trip worthwhile but also some smaller intimate portraits and figure painting. Lovely museum

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

This is easy to get to in a beautiful square with municipal buildings on the square as well as the municipal theatre. Cinelandia is the metro stop The gallery is small and an easy visit. There is a tremendous exhibition of paintings by the Brazilian artist Raymundo Cela. Some beautiful paintings he was a wonderful painter of people not simply... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

When you're in the mood for a walk downtown don't forget to visit this place, or if you come by underground drop off at the nearby Cinelandia underground station and find your way to here. This historical building offers a selection of paintings done by brazilian classist painters. Painters with strong influence from Belle Epoque in Europe.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

While talking a walk in the city centre, if you enjoy fine arts, this is the place. Cinelandia underground station is just accross the street , about 200m from the museum.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Let the art take your breath away. this museum is one of the most important mueum of Rio de Janeiro.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

One will not find outstanding wordly art master pieces in this museum, however its has a number of Brazilian classicist painters' in show. They were mostly influenced by European art standards of Belle Époque, in the same fashion as well was a number of promitent historical buildings in the neighborhood, such as the National Library, the County Theater (Theatro Munnicipal,... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a relaxing and charming place in Rio's downtown. You can go and take a look in this old and well preserved building, have a coffee and relax during your day.

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