The oldest art museum
in the city
Why locals love it
Located in a beautiful building next to the metro and train station Luz, it was founded in 1905 and is considered one of the most important art museums in the country. Its collection consists mainly on Brazilian art from the 19th and 20th century, but one can also see pieces of European artists, temporary exhibitions and contemporary art.
Why you should visit it
It is an interesting way to learn more about Brazilian culture and how we are portrayed by outsiders and Brazilians. In their collection there are many paintings made by foreigners portraying how they saw our country in our early days (when we were a colony), which contrasts to the Brazilian modern art pieces.
It is open until late (10 am) on Thursdays and after 5pm on that day (and Saturdays) the entrance is for free.