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Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rio and Niteroi

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    What to Expect
    The purpose of this tour is to show and visit two prominent cultural institutions: the Museum of Modern Art, known as MAM, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, known as MAC, in Niteroi also bathed by the waters of Guanabara's Bay. The MAM occupies a privileged area in Flamengo Park, where you can see the Pão de Açucar, Cristo Redentor, Marina da Glória, Santos Dumont Airport, and the relief of the city of Niterói. After visiting the MAM, we will continue towards Niteroi by the Rio-Niteroi bridge, enjoying the postcard of the Guanabara Bay surrounded by natural beauties and human-made monuments such as Niemeyer’s Path, set of architect's works that made Niteroi the second City, after Brasilia, with more structures created by him.

    The architectural style of the MAM, considered by Affonso Eduardo Reidy, follows the rationalist concept of structures leaked and integrated with the landscape. In this way, it assimilates the modern post-war trends, serving as a stage for manifestations of the Brazilian artistic avant-garde from the new realists to the Neo-Concretists. Hélio Oiticica exhibited there his work Tropicália giving rise to the Tropicalist movement. The architect Eduardo Reidy used the horizontal and transparent structure and integrated the museum with the nature of both the sea and the gardens.

    Across the Bay of Guanabara, we will visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, considered one of the architectural wonders of the world. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói launches a new museum concept as a space of creation, synthesis, and unity between art, culture, and society in environmental integration. For Oscar Niemeyer, the purpose of the MAC is to anticipate futures for the 21st Century through architectural communion with the stunning landscape. "The sea, the mountains of Rio, a magnificent landscape that I had to preserve... and I went up the building, adopting the circular shape that, in my view, the space required... I felt that the museum Would be beautiful and so different from the others that rich and poor would enjoy visiting it." by Oscar Niemeyer.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-000, Brazil

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Note: Upon request, by a message, we can pick you up and drop you off at your lodging location, including port Cruise, within a 15 km radius of the Meeting Point: Hotel Copacabana Palace, Av. Atlântica, 1702, CEP 22021 001, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

    The local supplier will confirm the exact time of your hotel pick-up by Phone or email.

    Ports
    Rio de Janeiro
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Driver/guide
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Transport by private vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    During my first week in Rio de Janerio I scheduled 4 tours that I enjoyed: all day city tour, Tijuca by Jeep Rainforest/Botanical Garden, Santa Theresa Walking Tour & Camilo's Museums of Modern Art - excellent opportunity to visit Niterói & see some stunning architecture.
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    Response from camilosequeira, Owner at Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rio and Niteroi
    Responded Nov. 30, 2019
    Many thanks, Stanley, for your review. I am sure it will be a great incentive for other people to visit this and other museums in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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    The Tours of both the Niteroi Way and Contemporary Art Museum by Niemeyer were exceptional. At each, our amazing guide Camillo worked with local artists in residence (and interns) to provide us with a unique viewpoint on the site. In addition, the younger generation was able to
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    Response from camilosequeira, General Manager at Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rio and Niteroi
    Responded Oct. 12, 2019
    Thank you so much, Chris, for your appraisals, it will surely serve to encourage not only other tourists to visit these works by renowned Oscar Niemeyer but especially to create opportunities for art students at local universities who have described the architectural style Niemeyer's works and internal exhibitions.
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    About the operator

    This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

    By: Wowtour Experience
    25 reviews
    mdhoopes
    10
    10/10 Must Go- a perfect tour with Camilo
    Visiting Sítio was a dream of mine. Camilo made it happen! And his English is great too! The tour also includes a
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    Stanley H
    San Francisco, California
    363
    Camilo rolld out the red carpet
    During my first week in Rio de Janerio I scheduled 4 tours that I enjoyed: all day city tour, Tijuca by Jeep
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    ChristopherM1252
    30
    Great Tour with Excellent Engagement
    The Tours of both the Niteroi Way and Contemporary Art Museum by Niemeyer were exceptional. At each, our amazing
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    jardindemiramar
    Luzon, Philippines
    30
    burle marx
    landscape is good, most of those seen in Philippines. Guide Camilo of WOW Is knowledgable and covers over and
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    William R
    London, United Kingdom
    2014
    Great experience
    Camilo is an excellent guide.. The drive is over one hour from Rio centre but he made it interesting and fun,
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    taniajimenez
    31
    Gorgeous place and excellent service
    The place is worth the trip. Luscious tropical forest, beautiful scenery an interesting information to discover.
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    Quinn D
    30
    Best Tour of Real Rio
    Camilo picked us up at our hotel and began to customize our tour based on the places we'd hadn't recently visited.
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    hapibambolbi
    Gilbert, Arizona
    7537
    Personalized tour of Rio
    This tour that I had the pleasure of doing was a good mix of urban and nature. Going into the Tijuca Forest was a
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    susanmK4092UQ
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    217122
    Don't Miss this Rich History
    Camilo picked me up at my home and took me on this excellent tour of the Little Africa area of Rio de Janeiro and
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    RoudyG
    Geneva, Switzerland
    21
    Priviledged visit to a wonderful place
    Excellent half a day trip to a wonderful tropical garden created by famous landscaper and artist Roberto Burle
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    Evaristo_Santiago
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    40
    Nice guys, nice walk, nice views
    Some of the most exiting views of Rio de Janeiro. From 1816 to 2017, two centuries in beautiful tour, plenty of
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    esussekind
    Vancouver, Canada
    10
    I and my family really loved my time in Rio! I have to thank Wowtour.
    Lovely historical sites, small tipical restaurants and a wonderful support from professional guides. I truly
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