National Museum of Fine Arts
If you are into art, here you will see one of the best collections in the country
The importance of art in Brazil
This is considered to be the best artistic museum in Río de Janeiro, and one of the most important in Brazil. Situated in the Cinelândia area (Avenida Rio Branco), its opening took place in 1938. Its origins, however, date back to 1808 with the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family in the city, and the numerous artistic works they brought with them. Part of this legacy forms the core of its collection, such as the religious art and19th century Brazilian paintings. Amongst the most prominent local artists are Candido Portinari, Pedro Américo de Figueiredo e Melo and Victor Meirelles, although there is also a section designated to African art and photography. The building that is home to the museum was built between 1906 and 1908, and its initial design, inspired by the Louvre in Paris, was entrusted to Spanish architect Adolfo Morales de los Ríos. Once completed, the building had an eclectic air to it, with different style facades, including neoclassical and French and Italian renaissance. Because of the precarious state in which it was found, it was subject to an extensive renovation during the 80s, in order to maintain its original style. You can visit the museum Tuesdays to Fridays, from 10:00 to 18:00, and during weekends and holidays, from 12:00 to 17:00. More information is available at www.mnba.gov.br.