Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Rio, Rio de Janeiro

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Tucked away in a residential neighborhood of Rio is Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Rio, 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 - IMS Rio is truly a perfect cultural and tranquil getaway from the city. Arrange to visit Instituto Moreira Salles - IMS Rio and other attractions in Rio de Janeiro using our Rio de Janeiro tour itinerary builder site.
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  • A wonderful modernist villa surrounded by a lush garden designed by Roberto Burle-Marx, author also of the mural that is near the pool. I saw a wonderful photography exhibition and relaxed in their...  more »
  • We only had an hour so here at the end of our day, but would have loved to have brunch and then do the museum. The cafe is lovely, the grounds are beautiful, and we learned a lot about the history of....  more »
  • Great free museum that is well organized and curated. Beautiful location to explore and sit at the cafe even if you aren't exploring the exhibits. My personal favorite in terms of museums in Rio.
  • Amazing mansion turned into an art gallery. I was particularly impressed with the choice of displaying Seydou Keita photography. This was a very interesting visit that turned into a relax in the cafe sorrounded by lush greenery and unique architecture.

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