Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro

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Tucked away in a residential neighborhood of Rio is Instituto Moreira Salles, a place that not even the locals know about. A magnificent modernist banker's house turned into the namesake cultural center, it is now a temple dedicated to art and culture. The home itself portrays the brilliant 1950’s architecture of Oscar Neimeyer and the garden designed by the maestro landscaper, Roberto Burle Marx. The art collection is great and there is a famous collection of recordings and photos from Rio in the 30s. The store sells a small selection of the prints, along with books, totebags, and t-shirts. The restaurant provides various meals at great prices. The center provides information panels both in Portuguese and English. Instituto Moreira Salles is truly a perfect cultural and tranquil getaway from the city. Use our Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary maker to visit Instituto Moreira Salles on your trip to Rio de Janeiro, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Very nice house and garden which use to belong to a traditional family and became a museum for the pleasure of all!  more »
  • The Moreira Salles home in Gavea is now a museum--with parking and no charge for visiting. The gardens are beautiful, designed by Burle Marx, who signed a tile panel near a pond where a café operates....  more »
  • Nice museum with beautiful garden and café , perfect to spend a fee hours in Rio away from the beach and crowd  more »
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  • Not so popular among tourists but a must-see if you are looking for some peace and quiet. There is a nice small café with some options for breakfast and lunch but service can be rather slow on crowded days and weekends. Don't miss the permanent exhibition with historical photos of the city.
  • Its free. Its beautiful. Its awesome. Go there and enjoy an afternoon.
  • Ótimo lugar... Tranquilo... Excelente atendimento... Preço não tão caro... Ótimo para fotografias... Bem arborizado, e o melhor de tudo estacionamento gratuito :)
  • Absolutely charming. The actual place where the Moreira Salles family lived. The architecture is great. And all exhibitions, mostly photography, are very good. If you need a rest try the cafeteria.
  • Breath taking place full of elegance, peace and culture! Not very easy access but it is worth a visit. There is a car park, taxi would not be too expensive or you can try walking from Jardim Botanico (more bus options) or even go cycling but there are hills on your way and hazards since drivers in in Rio are most reckless. The space offers: a visit to the house in itself which was built and designed by the wishes of the Banker Moreira Salles, exhibitions, mainly photograph but poetry too, cinema and the surrounding are very beautiful. They have a nice bookstore and a nice restaurant - be patient, service was very slow. And it is not cheap, this place is at the heart of the most expensive square metres of Rio!