Rio de Janeiro

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Rio de Janeiro - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    What was once the headquarters of Brazil's oldest bank is now an enormous cultural space in downtown Rio. With areas designated for cinema screenings...Read More

  • 2. Museu de Arte do Rio

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Rio's once run-down port zone is now the focus of a major investment and regeneration program, and the 2013 opening of the Museu de Arte do...Read More

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  • 3. Palácio do Catete

    Catete | Garden

    Once the villa of a German baron, this elegant, 19th-century granite-and-marble palace became the presidential residence after the 1889 coup...Read More

  • 4. Sítio Roberto Burle Marx

    Jardim Piaí | Garden

    Nature lovers and architecture buffs will find it worth making the advance booking required to visit this plantation-turned-museum honoring...Read More

  • 5. Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo

    Santa Teresa | Museum/Gallery

    This pink mansion houses Santa Teresa's small Museu do Bonde (Bonde Museum), dedicated to Rio's trolleys, and the exhibition covering the history...Read More

  • 6. Monumento aos Pracinhas

    Glória | Museum/Gallery

    The Monument to the Brazilian Dead of World War II—the nation sided with the Allies during the conflict—is actually a combination museum and...Read More

  • 7. Museu Casa de Rui Barbosa

    Botafogo | Museum/Gallery

    Steps away from Botafogo metro station is a museum in the former home of the 19th-century Brazilian statesman, writer, and scholar Rui Barbosa...Read More

  • 8. Museu Casa do Pontal

    Grumari | Museum/Gallery

    If you're heading toward the beaches of Prainha or Grumari, consider taking a detour to Brazil's largest folk-art museum. One room houses a...Read More

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  • 9. Museu Chácara do Céu

    Santa Teresa | Museum/Gallery

    The collection of mostly modern works at this museum was left—along with the hilltop house that contains it—by one of Rio's greatest arts patrons...Read More

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  • 10. Museu da Imagem e do Som

    Lapa | Museum/Gallery

    The first audiovisual museum in Brazil, the Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) was founded to acquire, preserve, and exhibit important collections...Read More

  • 11. Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM)

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    A great place to take the pulse of the vibrant Brazilian visual-arts scene, the Museum of Modern Art occupies a striking concrete-and-glass...Read More

  • 12. Museu H.Stern

    Ipanema | Museum/Gallery

    Hans Stern started his gem empire in 1945 with an initial investment of about $200. Today his company's interests include mining and production...Read More

  • 13. Museu Histórico Nacional

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    The building that houses the National History Museum dates from 1762, though some sections—such as the battlements—were erected as early as...Read More

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  • 14. Museu Internacional De Arte Naïf do Brasil

    Cosme Velho | Museum/Gallery

    More than 6,000 works by Brazil's best self-taught painters, along with some by their counterparts from around the world, grace the walls of...Read More

  • 15. Museu Nacional

    São Cristóvão | Museum/Gallery

    A little off Rio's main tourist track, the National Museum is well worth the metro ride to view its exhibits of botanical, anthropological,...Read More

  • 16. Museu Nacional de Belas Artes

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Works by Brazil's leading 19th- and 20th-century artists fill the space at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The most notable canvases are those...Read More

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  • 17. Museu Villa Lobos

    Botafogo | Museum/Gallery

    A grand colonial building set in spacious gardens is the setting for this museum dedicated to the life and works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazil...Read More

  • 18. Oi Futuro Flamengo

    Flamengo | Museum/Gallery

    This slick, ultramodern exhibition space also houses Rio's Telecommunications Museum. The museum itself delivers a unique multimedia adventure...Read More

  • 19. Palácio Tiradentes

    Centro | Castle/Palace

    The Tiradentes Palace contains a permanent exhibit describing its history as the seat of the Brazilian parliament before Brasília was built...Read More

  • 20. Museu Carmen Miranda

    Flamengo | Museum/Gallery

    This tribute to the Brazilian bombshell Carmen Miranda is in a circular building that resembles a concrete spaceship (its door even opens upward...Read More

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