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. Arrange to visit Instituto Moreira Salles and other attractions in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary builder site .
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  • This is a residence that has been converted into a cultural space. Interesting exhibitions, usually free of charge, and a small art film that passes very interesting movies. A place much frequented by locals who enjoy art and landscape in one environment. The space around the Institute is very beautiful.
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  • IMS is a super nice to see an exhibition, a cup of coffee, a walk in a House surrounded by greenery at the top of the Gávea (neighborhood on the South side of Rio de Janeiro). recommend!
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  • A great architecture, nicet art curatorship, and a enjoyable restaurant to have lunch or just coffee.  more »
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  • Interesting expositions and for free. The architecture of the house and garden are already worth the visit too. A nice place to hang around a bit.
  • A must-see in Rio! The house itself is worth a visit. Surrounded by Atlantic forest, this modernist gem—designed by Olavo Redig de Campos and Roberto Burle Marx—was home to one of the most prominent Brazilian families both economically and culturally. I really enjoyed the well-curated exhibits: "Conflitos" (a photo exhibit covering political violence in Brazil in 1889-1964), "O pipoqueiro da esquina" (with cartoons by Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Ziraldo), and "#RioUtópico" (with photos of the many utopically-named Rio neighborhoods). Admission is free.
  • Little cultural gem tucked away in Alto Gávea. Great for admirers of architecture.
  • 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.
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