Rio de Janeiro Culture, History and Museums

If you are curios about Brazilian history and Rio de Janeiro culture, passing through its former capitol is a true lesson. Taking a walk in downtown Rio de Janeiro is like going back in time with high concentration of beautiful antique architecture telling the tale about Rio de Janeiro culture and history from itís origin by the Portuguese in 1502 until today.

Rio de Janeiro early history and Brazil chronology
Offers the Rio de Janeiro history and chronology beginning with the Portuguese expedition mistakenly assuming the beautiful Guanabara bay for a River around 1502 on New Years day, hence the name

Brazilian independence, second part of Rio de Janeiro history
The year turns 1700 and the second part of Rio de Janeiro history begins. The important events that led to Brazilian independence. Brazil history.

Getulio Vargas, man of the people or corrupt dictator?
Adored and hated by the people of Brazil, Getulio Vargas was overthrown twice and finally killed himself in the Presidential Residence rather than face the call for his resignation


Through its journey, Rio has remnants from a past among Indians, from the Imperial period and also from its recent years as a republic state. Each of the monuments and old squares of Rio de Janeiro has a place in Brazilian history. See a Cultural & Historical map of Rio de Janeiro here!!

Historical places worth visiting:

Praca XV or XV Square in Rio de Janeiro
Praca XV marks an important historical era in Rio de Janeiro colonial time. Here you can even today witness remains of Dom Pedro, emperor of Brazil

Fiscal Island in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, a dazzling jewel of culture
Adrift in the Guanabara Bay, Fiscal Island is one of the few remaining icons of Brazil’s Emperor Dom Pedro II. A must see for all tourists to Brazil.

History of Arcos do Telles and Rio de Janeiro 's first witch
Haunting, captivating and tragic; the history of the Arco do Telles, the last stone arch in Rio de Janeiro, epitomizes the culture of Brazil in the late 1700’s.

Praca Tiradentes: Executed Traitor hailed as National Hero
Rio de Janeiro ’s famous Praca Tiradentes, also known as Tiradentes Square, pays homage to both Brazilian theatre and the executed leader of the Minas Conspiracy of 1789.

Cinelandia: Parisian Cafes & Amazing Architecture in Rio!
Cinelandia; the culture of Paris, the heart Brazil! Lined with sidewalk cafes and Art Deco architecture, located on the Rio Branco, Cinelândia is a must see!

Teatro Municipal; World Class Opera, Ballet and Music in Rio
While in Rio de Janeiro, a must see is a performance at the Teatro Municipal, Brazil’s largest and grandest stage!

Rio de Janeiro National Library, the largest in Latin America
Rio’s National Library ranks in the world’s top ten. Browse the rare works of many authors, artists and musicians in one of Brazil’s most historic locations

Residence of the govenor, Laranjeiras Palace remains original
An extensive restoration of the Laranjeiras Palace, the official seat of the state government has returned to the palace to it’s former splendor. A must see!

Arcos da Lapa or Carioca Aqueduct; Where the Samba Never Sleeps!
Brazil ’s famous arches, Arcos da Lapa. History, Culture and the Samba rule Lapa. A must see for all visitors to Rio de Janeiro.

Santa Teresa, a world of it's own in historic Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa has it all. Bars, history and the famous culture of Brazil all rolled into one neighborhood. You’ll spend weeks seeing everything there is to see!

Explore Catete Palace: where Rio's history and culture is reborn
Visit Catete Palace, Brasil’s original seat of power, now a museum rife with rare art and a wide selection of information about Rio’s history and culture.

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), culture meets finance
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, or CCBB, preserves its artistic culture and Rio’s financial history with exhibits, expositions, and film.

The Sambodromo, the only place to be for Carnival!
To experience Carnival at it’s finest, you’ve got to be at The Sambrodomo, host to the nationally televised Samba School Competition.


Museums in Rio de Janeiro:

At the Fine Arts Museum in Rio even the building is art!
Located in Cinelandia, the Fine Arts Museum in Rio de Janeiro boasts over 16,000 works of art. A wonderland of history and culture that can’t be missed.


Natural and Aristic Beauty Encompass Casa do Pontal Museum
The intoxicating gardens and many cultural artifacts of Casa do Pontal arouse both the mind and spirit. Take a trip outside of Rio de Janeiro.

Learn the secrets in Brazil's Cultural Navy Museum
The Cultural Navy Museum brings to life the history of Brazil’s Navy with tours and artifacts.

The Eva Klabin Foundation, a collector's dream come true
The beautiful and wealthy estate of the Eva Klabin Foundation houses one of Brazil’s finest collections of antique furniture and Chinese artifacts

Aerospacial Museum, Rio de Janeiro; Home of the "Demoiselle"
A favorite among children and adults, Rio de Janeiro’s Aerospacial Museum is an aviation buffs dream! Replica planes reflect the history of aviation in Brazil

Chacara do Ceu: Brasil's famous 'Mansion in the Sky'
Visit Chacara do Ceu for the most impressive view of Rio de Janeiro that you may find. 360 degrees of Rio’s breathtaking skyline and Guanabara Bay.


Beauty at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro
Devastated by fire, rebuilt by volunteers, the Modern Art Museum survives to become one of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular attractions for visitors and residents alike.

In the heart of the Tijuca forest, discover the Museu do Acude
Come enjoy the trappings of fine culture and artwork amongst the history at Museu do Acude.

The National Historic Museum is one of Brazil's finest!
Housed in one of Brazil’s oldest buildings, the National Historic Museum is a tribute to the economic and social aspects of Brazil’s history.

Visit the very first Inhabitants of Brasil at the National Museum
Home of over a million items, the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a scientist’s dream.

The Indigenous Museum: exploring native art in Brasil
Literally step into Brasil’s Native Culture at the Indigenous Museum.


Churches of Rio de Janeiro:

Gloria church, traces of Rio de Janeiro imperalism
A voyage into the Gloria church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Back into the ancient times and forgotten history

Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Come back in time to understand the history of Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Sebastiao, a controverse church architecture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church; all the gold in Brazil!
Brimming with culture, history and more gold than you can imagine, The Sao Francisco da Penitencia Church in Rio de Janeiro is definitely worthy of a visit!


Sao Bento Monastary
Candelaria Church



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