This strange building, with its varied and important collections, gives you the chance to do something different with your evening

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Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)

Do something different in Río

The city of Niterói is home to one of the most modern buildings in Río de Janeiro, designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, who described it as a blossoming flower. Its opening took place in 1996 and the building is renowned for its peculiar shape, that for many of its visitors, is reminiscent of a flying saucer. Situated in front of Guanabara Bay, in the Boa Viagem neighbourhood, one look at the outside of the building will justify your visit, although there are many other attractions inside. Marvel at Roberto Coda Zabetta's paintings and sculptures, which pay homage to the missing and imprisoned Brazilians during the military dictatorship that governed the country between 1964 and 1985. The museum also offers some spectacular views of Río de Janeiro, Sugarloaf and Corcovado Mountain, and the bay, through the glass panes that surround the building. Additionally, the museum features a luxurious restaurant, serving different cuisine from its international contemporary kitchen, which comes to life in the evenings with live musical performances. Amongst everything else it offers, there are regular storytelling sessions, film showings and cultural exhibitions. The permanent exhibition can be visited Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. More information is available at

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