With an extensive history behind it, this museum also offers breathtaking views of the city
See the vast selection of national and international paintings, amongst its other treasures
The driving force behind this museum (www.museuscastromaya.com.br/chacara.htm), on Martinho Nobre Street in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, was Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya, a rich businessman who inherited a large part of his father's collection. Before his death in 1968, this popular patron created a foundation that was responsible for the maintenance and management of his entire artistic legacy. However, the foundation crumbled two years later, leaving its funds to the Historical Heritage and National Artistic Institution. Inside the museum, you can marvel at the numerous antiques and pieces of furniture, such as paintings from famous Brazilian artists like Cândido Portinari, and international painters including Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Maurice de Vlaminck. The building that is home to these masterpieces, known as Chácara do Céu since the 19th century, is one of the oldest Castro Maya family residences and was renovated in the mid-1900s by Vladimir Alves de Souza. This remodelling included a spacious garden, designed by Roberto Burle Marx, which offers an impressive panoramic view of the city centre and Guanabara Bay. Open Wednesdays to Mondays from 12:00 to 17:00, excluding Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year, Carnival and holidays.