Ok, so after tons of time spent on planing and finally your in a tropical haven of Rio de Janeiro just waiting for those unforgettable moments by the sea and then the worst possible thing happens – it rains! So, in a rainy day in Rio do you stay in your room and have a go at brazilian television or boring cable? HWB drew up a list of cool museums and cultural centers to visit in Rio de Janeiro.
01 – Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (CCBB)
The metro will easily get you to downtown Rio from the Ipanema or Copacabana region. From the ‘Carioca’ station it’s just a few minutes walk till you get to the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (CCBB). Masters of XX century art can been seen at CCBBs permanent and itinerante expositions such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, Seurat, Matisse and many others. Cinema, theatre and music – all can be seen at this top location in Rio – as long as it’s not on a tuesday – clossing day for the CCBB.
CCBB – RIO: Rua Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro (the ‘Carioca’ metro station in downtown Rio is the closest to the CCBB)
02 – Royal Portuguese Reading Cabinet (Real Gabinete Português de Leitura)
A lesser known location in downtown Rio – and just a couple of blocks for the CCBB center – the Royal Portuguese Reading Room is a treat to the eye and ads an extra notch of history and culture to your stay in the Cidade Maravilhosa. Built by the portuguese comercial guild in the 19th century to promote their culture among the portuguese living in Rio de Janeiro – which at that time was the capital of the entire portuguese empire which stretched through Africa, India and the Far east. Visitors can get a taste of the earliest grasp of globalization with the first european nation to cross the seven seas.
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura: Rua Luís de Camões, 30 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
03- Ruins park – Sky estate (Parque das Ruinas/ Chacara do Ceu)
Neighboring the Rio ‘Centro’ district you’ll find the ‘Parque das Ruinas’ and ‘Chacara do Céu’ museum just a Rio tram ride up the Santa Teresa steep hills. The two sites are joined by a little bridge so you can visit both quite easily. The Parque das Ruinas habors a wonderful over view of Rio and displays a permanent exposition along with plays and shows. A coffee with a slice of chocolate cake is highly recomended. A real treat. Just across the short bridge – access to the Chacara do Ceu museum is at R$2,oo reals (roughly 70 cents) and presents visitors with a wide collection of brazilian art mainly from the first half of 19th century with a special collection of renowned painter Debret. Stop at the ‘Curvelo’ Tram stop in Santa Teresa and the museums are just an 08 minute walk away. A treat.
Parque das Ruinas/ Chacara do Ceu: Rua Murtinho Nobre, 93, near the ‘Curvelo’ tram station