Rio de Janeiro is a city with a large number of museums. Some will delight you when you see their exterior facades, such as the Amnach Museum or the National Museum of Fine Arts. The museums are dedicated to contemporary and modern art with special attention to local artists who have truly enriched the culture and art of Rio and the whole of Brazil.
The National Museum of Fine Arts is located in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. It is a building of eclectic architecture designed in 1908 by architect Adolfo Morales de los Rios for the needs of National School of Fine Arts, the faithful successor of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, built during the urban modernization of the city. The museum was officially opened in 1937 by decree of President Getúlio Vargas. The National Museum of Fine Arts shared a common building with the National School of Fine Arts until 1976, when the EBA was relocated to Fundão Island.
The Museum of Modern Art (MAM) is located in the northeast of Flamengo Park. The museum is one of the most important cultural institutions in the city. The building in which the museum is located is the work of Brazilian architect Affons Eduardo Reidy. Considering that it is located in a park, the building blends in nicely with the environment. The museum was launched in 1948, at the initiative of a group of businessmen chaired by Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maia. They had a desire to gather the works of art of Brazil in one place and to start a "cultural revolution" because they thought that the number of exhibition spaces and museums in general in Rio at that time was small.
The Museum of Tomorrow is a museum dedicated to science. The museum deals with research and questions about the time of the great changes in which we live and as well as the paths that humanity will take in the future. It is important for visitors to understand that we are the ones who control the planet, redirect the flow of large rivers, change forests, influence the atmosphere, influence climate change. If we behave unscrupulously towards our planet, then we will not be able to have a future.
Contemporary Art Museum is located in the city’s Niterói district. The museum opened in 1996 in an unusual building reminiscent of a flower, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The museum is located on Mirante da Boa Viagem, a panoramic cape overlooking the South Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay. The museum is made of reinforced concrete, and is divided into four levels connected by spiral steps. In the basement there is a cafe bar, restaurant and a small theater with 55 seats.
The National Historical Museum of the city of Rio de Janeiro has been renovated and opened to the public in a new guise. The renovation of the museum took 6 years. The outbuildings and chapel of São João de Batista were restored, while the renovation of the main villa took a little longer. In addition to the exhibitions, the History Museum offers a virtual tour on its website in three languages, where it is possible to see approximately 200 items, from banners from XIX century, to photographs by Debret and engravings by Tom Ender, and even drawings.