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Museu Nacional De Belas Artes

Av. Rio Branco, 199 | Centro (Cinelandia), Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20040, Brazil
+55(21) 3299-0600
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Ranked #48 of 479 attractions in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Inside this French Renaissance-style building is a collection of paintings by Brazil's finest contemporary artists as well as an impressive array of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Mobile, Alabama
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

The building was dated, but nice. The art was beautiful. And it was nice and quiet in the galleries. Not crowded when I went.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Calm and the staff were lovely. But would have liked to have seen more native art, rather than paintings that emulate something Other.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This museum's collection deserves a better building. That said, it is worth checking out if you like fine art. I especially liked their 20th Century galleries. Plus it is easy to get to in the city center.

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Petropolis, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We went there with our 6 years old daughter. There were a small group wainting outside, but we had to wait for more than half an our, on the street otside, avoiding beggars and junkies. Inside another half deception, with lots o non authentic pieces af art. The "arte sacra" exposition was nice.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The museum is now free - which was a pleasant surprise. The museum is in the former Arts Academy and is a beautiful, classic building right on Rio Branco - in front of the Theatre. The collection has a chronological angle, portraying national art through the Brazilian history - easy toplace in political an social contexts. I find the staff... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We came here on a rainy day in Rio (it does happen) and were surprised by such a vast collection of Brazilian art. The staff at the door were very helpful and told us that we needed to get a ticket, although it is free they need to know the number of visits. The copies of statues from the Louvre... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Grand old building in the heart of Rio, displaying only the works of Brazillian artists. Painting and sculpture. Many of the paintings in desperate need of cleaning and restoration. Admission is free. If you are lucky, there may be a lunchtime musical concert in one of the large salons in the building. The restored opera house is across the street... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

If you have free time in Rio, this museum is totally worth a trip. The neighborhood in downtown is touristy but very walkable. We were surprised by the amount of great artwork harbored here. The downstairs level has many Greek statues. Upstairs among many great paintings, there is A Batalha do Avai, one of the largest paintings in the world.... More

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Miami Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

there was no fare. who doesnt like a free ride? well, it's more than that. very old, lovely building. only brazilian art. great paintings, very roomy. staff is nice too. pictures are allowed, no flash, though. dont miss it, enjoy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

We were a bit late, we only had 50mins and it's a bit building. The collections downstairs were not very exciting, and we could have easily forgone them to spend more time upstairs. I think the upstairs is the permanent collection and it's really lovely.

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