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“Great museum - centrally located.”

Museu Nacional De Belas Artes
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$44.99*
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Rio Walking Tour with More Than 15 Attractions
Ranked #50 of 746 things to do in Rio de Janeiro
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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 folk and African art.
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 attentive and helpful - although no english - and I have passed by the museum with a few groups on out city tours.

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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 and other respected art museums was interesting but the main sites were on the second floor. It seems that there is a specific route that the guards want you to take and we found no point in arguing. The top floor has some modern art on it, which is not to my taste, but some of the larger oil on canvas paintings are spectacular, especially the "Battle of Avai" which I had read about in a previous review and was worried I would miss. It was nice to see paintings in well known artistic styles painted by relatively unknown (Brazilian) painters. Unfortunately they did not sell a guide book.

3  Thank SteveS1970
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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 and also a good destination. Located at the Cinelandia metro station.

1  Thank MVH1951
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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.

Great hour and half spent

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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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