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Museu Nacional De Belas Artes

Avenida Rio Branco 199 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-008, Brazil
+55(21) 3299-0600
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“modern art” (5 reviews)
“belle epoque” (3 reviews)
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Avenida Rio Branco 199 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040-008, Brazil
+55(21) 3299-0600
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

The National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio was inaugurated in 1938. The museum is home to over 20,000 pieces of art and is the perfect display of Brazilian culture. The building in itself is a work of art too.

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 12 August 2017

With a good selection of paintings, sculptures, photography and other arts - this is a very interesting museum in a beautiful building. Highly recommended.

Thank ogol17
Reviewed 25 July 2017

This is a museum that is reminiscent of a miniature version of the Louvre. Its galleries are very similar and there are several very large paintings of famous battles between Brazil and Paraguay. One gets a good feel for the development of the art in...More

Thank S H
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to this museum. The building itself is impressive with large spacious rooms. There are some huge impressive paintings with scenes of the colonial past of Brazil. But also the modern art is of great beauty. From reading other reviews, it seems...More

Thank Janvm_11
Reviewed 24 April 2017

National Art Museum in Rio is a worth-while visit when in downtown. Get at least a couple of hours to visit the museum, enjoy the architeture of the place and the art inside.

Thank Jose Rafael L
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....More

Thank Brian M
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...More

1  Thank ahd0yle
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...More

Thank Vinopopos
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

Thank Ken A
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...More

Thank P R
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born.
With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical
buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living
proof that the old and the new can live together
harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where
all major companies house their offices. However, the
region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like
the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that
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