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Museu Chacara do Ceu

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Address: Rua Murtinho Nobre, 93 | Santa Teresa - Museus Castro Maya, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: (21) 3970-1126
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Situated in a bohemian neighborhood, and providing great views of the bay...

Situated in a bohemian neighborhood, and providing great views of the bay from its hilltop location, this museum contains 20th century masterpieces by the likes of Degas, Matisse and Picasso as well as works by prominent Brazilian modernists.

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Since it's free admission there's no way I could possibly complain of this destination. It's hard to find free things to do in Rio that are this cool! Very safe and clean... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Moscow, Russia
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chácara do Céu (“Country home in the sky”) is a great example of the modernist architecture. Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya, an industrialist and art-collector, left a great collection of the paintings, amongst which you can find Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Seurat pieces. There are several drawings of Brazilian artist Candido Portinari. The dining room with the table set (Antique... More 

Thank Roxolana7
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Since it's free admission there's no way I could possibly complain of this destination. It's hard to find free things to do in Rio that are this cool! Very safe and clean atmosphere! A must go if you go to Santa Teresa.

Thank Flavia S
Recife, PE
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178 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

This small museum has a few very nice pieces. It is right next to the Parque das Ruinas and can be accessed directly from the site. Parque das Ruinas has some of the best views in the City, and a nice cafe, so nice to go there and then stop over at the museum. The price of entry is very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2,043 reviews
1,229 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 799 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I visited the Museu Chacara do Ceu yesterday after listening to some live music next door at the Parque das Ruinas. The museum is a converted family home and has some nice pieces worth seeing. An interesting diversion during your walk around Santa Teresa, a stop of about 30 minutes to 1 hour is recommended. Entry costs 2 R$ and... More 

Thank Ibadanboy
Maracaibo, Venezuela
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206 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

It is an interesting house with a decent collection, it's worth visiting if you are around the area. Personally I preferred Parque das Ruinas next door ;)

Thank evyboo
Pereira, Colombia
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113 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Apart from the great view over the city from this small museum it is interesting in the way that it is well kept and respectfully displaying a contemporary exibition. It is not so easy to get to, but taxi Works fine, just ask the driver to wait.

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Hamburg, Germany
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250 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

This small museum houses the collection of a rich lawyer, eclectic and only partly interesting (a remarkable collection of 19th century watercolours by a French artist is not generally accessible at the moment because the room where it is presented - in a special cabinet with drawers you can pull out to view individual paintings - is currently under renovation).... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
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128 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The museum scene in Rio de Janeiro has been a bit disappointing. However, new museums are being built. I visited today the Chacara de Ceu museum at the hills of Santa Teresa and was pleasantly surprised. What you like here is not just the museum: it is the location, the view, the history, the collection as a package. Also it... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Loved this little sanctuary on one of the hillsides of Santa Teresa. The museum building is almost swallowed up by the abundant vegetation that surrounds it. Inside one encounters the captivating smell of the wood cabinets combined with the effloresence outside, the balmy breeze from the garden which gives a pleasant sensorical tinge to this museum experience. Entrance to museum... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We were disappointed with this museum. There was very little to give us a feel for the original layout of the house or furnishings. Unfortunately the modern art collection was not to our taste and the displays did nothing to help. And after the long walk up to the house we did expect a magnificent view of the city. Not... More 

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Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.