National Fine Arts Museum Tours

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Set in an impressive neoclassical building in downtown Rio de Janeiro that harkens back to an era when the city was a national—and imperial—capital, the National Fine Arts Museum (Museu Nacional de Belas Artes) houses over 16,000 artworks created by Brazilian painters, sculptors, and other visual artists. Focused mainly on artists from the 19th century, including Brazilian-born but French-trained painter Victor Meirelles de Lima and painter-turned-educator Pedro Américo, the museum also features works imported from Europe when the Portuguese royal family moved the imperial capital from Lisbon to Rio ahead of Napoleon’s troops in 1807, and works by contemporary Brazilian artists such as Lithuanian émigré and Modernist artist Lasar Segall and Nativist painter Di Cavalcanti, a heavyweight in the Brazilian Modernist movement who attempted to exclude any discernible European influences in his artwork.

Opened in 1937, the museum includes a collection of Brazilian folk art with a heavy focus on northeastern Brazil, and a collection of traditional West African art, such as textiles, wood carvings, and masks. Paintings featuring religious scenes and iconography, such as Giovanni Battista Tieppolo’s reverent Saint Cajetan and 16th century humanist Francisco de Holanda’s The Lord’s Supper make up some of the signature pieces of the museum’s international holdings.
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Address: Avenida Rio Branco, 199 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 20040-008, Brazil
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Hours: Closed Mondays Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 12 pm to 5 pm.
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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and by van or cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This 6 or 10-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels, allows you to see all of Rio's sights in just one day.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

While in port, take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day shore excursion to Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This 10-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the cruise port, allows you to visit all of Rio's landmarks in one marathon day.
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Historical Rio Walking Tour

Walk through historical downtown Rio during this 4-hour tour with a local guide. Ride the subway downtown, like the 'cariocas', or Rio locals, do, then start your tour in Cinelandia Square. Visit important landmarks like the Opera House, the National Library, Tiradentes Palace and the Church of Our Lady of the Merchants. Listen as your guide shares information about the history, culture, art and architecture of the area while you walk. Enjoy personal attention and an intimate experience on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

Explore Rio and visit Sugar Loaf Mountain during this 4-hour morning tour. Visit some of the city's most important landmarks, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cinelandia Square. Then, board a glassed-in cable car for to ascent to the peak, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. Upon reaching the top of Sugar Loaf at 1,299 feet (396 meters) above sea level, admire the views of Niteroi, Copacabana and Santa Cruz Fortress. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

Take a comprehensive tour of Rio's top landmarks on this 6-hour excursion with a small group. Summit Corcovado Mountain to admire the Christ the Redeemer Statue, then continue on to the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (if option selected). Enjoy informative commentary and personalized attention from your guide on this small group tour, limited to 15 people. Round-trip hotel transportation from Rio hotels is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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City Tour of Art, Architecture and Culture in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

This short but sight-filled tour of downtown Rio de Janeiro is for travelers who want to see major cultural attractions in the city in one tour. In just a few hours see the baroque Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, visit the Modern Art Museum, climb the tiled Selaron staircase, see the Sambadrome where Rio's Carnival celebrations take place, visit the Maracanã soccer stadium, and experience much, much more.
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Rio Walking & Historical Tour

Visit Rio's highlights and landmarks on foot during a 3-hour walking tour with a local guide. Starting from Cinelandia Station, follow your 'carioca' (Rio native) guide on a walk that includes Rio's most important historical and cultural sites. Visit National Museum of Fine Arts, Theatro Municipal, the Monastery Church of Santo Antônio, Ordem Terceira de São Francisco da Penitência and several other important landmarks. All entrance fees are included on this small-group tour.
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Discover South America 16-Day Tour: Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay

Experience the highlights of Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil during a 16-day tour of South America. With your informed, professional guide, visit Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and the spectacular Iguazu Falls. Trek on Perito Moreno glacier in Tierra del Fuego and cruise on the River Plata to Uruguay. Get the inside scoop on the eclectic culture and history of each country from your engaging, friendly guide. Overnight accommodation, some meals and round-trip hotel or port transportation are included.
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Best of Rio Walking Tour - City Center, Olympic Boulevard and Museum of Tomorrow

Come with us to have very pleasant day in our most complete walking tour Start the tour in morning meeting our tour guide to take the subway to go to downtown Rio de Janeiro, a rich in history area with buildings of great architectural appeal, the center of the former capital of the country is best absorbed in the details when you walk through it. Then after having lunch in one of the most traditional places, take the LRV (Light Rail Vehicle) in direction to the Olympic Boulevard, Sea Port area and visit the Museum of Tomorrow.
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Rio de Janeiro in Two Days: City Sightseeing, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer

Experience the best of Rio — views from Sugar Loaf Mountain, a visit to Christ the Redeemer statue and an authentic Brazilian barbecue lunch — during this two-day sightseeing excursion. The tour includes dedicated airport pickup and one overnight stay in the South Zone in a 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotel. Spend the day sightseeing with an informative guide in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Duration: 2 days
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