Museu Nacional De Belas Artes

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Museu Nacional De Belas Artes

Museu Nacional De Belas Artes
4.5
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Centro
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 used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
How to get there
  • Cinelândia • 3 min walk
  • Carioca • 4 min walk

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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
Feb 2019
With my personal preference of paintings to sculptures when it comes to "Fine Art", this museum for me was the least interesting among the four such museums I visited on my journey through South America (with the other three museums being those in Santiago, Buenos Aires & Sao Paulo), but yes "definitely impressive" in this museum (aside from my personal preference) is its great collection of life-sized sculptures nicely displayed in two rows in a long room and also some more similarly arranged but in shorter rows in another room (really a "pretty great" spectacle in each room as you walk through between its two rows of sculptures). So yes, not many great paintings to find here, but there are some that I liked which are actually not by European artists or such but just "local scenes" depicting Rio (which as seen in those paintings seemed "quite rural" at about the time of a century ago or so), and also two noteworthy great paintings are a big portrait of Emperor Pedro I & a "royal assembly" scene or such with him among his subordinates (which I actually also found an identical one but quite a bit "bigger-sized" than the one here later at Palacio Itamaraty in Brasilia).

Coming by metro, Carioca Station (both Lines 1 & 2) is where to get off followed by just a short walk of 5 minutes or so to this museum: a left turn after coming out of the station then to the right when getting to the "second intersecting" street where this museum is to the left after a short walk (and where to the right which is across the street from this museum is Theatro Municipal with quite an attractive exterior of gold upper trims & beautiful green domes above but the interior of which I only got to just inside the entrance where there was a small performance going on at the time).
Written November 26, 2019
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Dakar74
306 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Across the street from Theatro Municipal, the Museum's exhibits include Vitor Meirelles, Pedro Americo, Almeida Junior, Amoedo and many others. Though the XX c. is poorly represented, the Museum features one entire room of Portinaris, including his First Mass, in stark contrast with Meirelles' homonimous painting.
Great place to spend one afternoon if Brazilian art and history in art representations are of interest.
Written July 27, 2019
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Candy Li
Portland, OR299 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
This museum is easily accessible being it’s in the heart of downtown cinelandia. Their collection consists of Greek sculptures, realism, and modern works as well. There’s also a beautiful outdoor courtyard.
Written May 26, 2019
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ajaceman
Vancouver571 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
The museum contains a wide variety of works of art from sculpture to fine art. There are many galleries and rooms to wander through, and a recital hall with a grand piano under wraps. It does seem that many of the landscape paintings have their inner beauty obscured by age, causing them to be quite dark and crying out for either a thorough cleaning or brighter lighting. There is no cost to the public for entrance at this time.
Written February 20, 2019
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AlejandroLB
Olivos, Argentina49 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
We were deeply impressed by the exiguous quantity of important paintings.
There are only two paintings by Tarsila do Amaral. The best: the Cavalcanti triptych.
Written February 13, 2019
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Trekker2020
Washington DC, DC1,927 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Our sole purpose to come to the city center was to visit the renowned museum of fine arts. We were saddened to see this grand building and it’s collection in such poor state of repair. National treasures hanging in rooms without the proper ventilation and AC in the sweltering tropical weather of Rio. The main exhibit hall upstairs is poorly lit and just underwhelming. The exhibit hall containing Tarcisia de Amaral works was closed for renovation so we couldn’t see those works. There are some interesting pieces in the museum and this could be one of the great museums of the region but it is very poorly maintained. If not an art aficionado, I would recommend skipping MNBA altogether.
Written November 25, 2018
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chesbasefield84
Montreal, Canada8 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
There is not enough time to be astonished by all the art here, so many paitings and sculptures, I was impressed. Especially the Brazilian folk art is presented and has a touch of the one I saw in Canada, an exhibition of South America. Very interesting work I'd visit in case you have time, as part of Brazil's history is reflected.
Written July 28, 2018
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Tassaduq Hussain
Multan, Pakistan3,375 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
The National Museum of Fine Arts (locally called Museu Nacional de Belas Artes or MNBA), is located at Avenida Rio Branco in old city center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is among the chief cultural institutions in the country and is the most important and comprehensive collections of Brazilian fine and decorative art. The MNBA focuses mainly on collection of Brazilian paintings and sculptures of the 1800s and 1900s. The National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1937 and inaugurated in 1938, replacing the old Imperial Academy and Imperial Museum of Fine Arts which moved to the present building in 1904. Since its inception, the Museum’s collection has expanded greatly and now boasts over 20,000 pieces of paintings, sculptures, drawings including Brazilian folk art and African art. In 1973, the French-Renaissance style building of the museum was listed as an official Brazilian National Heritage site.
Written July 8, 2018
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Rob M
115 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
The previous week I had been in Madrid and before that Rome. So I was a bit arted out. Not many pieces made me stop and look. If you’re an aficionado of Brazilian art then it’s a great collection.

I did like the humour in this piece
Written July 2, 2018
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peterlondon91
London, UK347 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
The museum is focused on Brazilian art and artists from the early days of 1600s until the early part of the 1900s. There is little else. Probably only worth visiting if you have a particular interest in this topic, As a fine art museum it is limited.
Written March 28, 2018
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