Mauá Square
Mauá Square
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Neighbourhood: Zona Central (Central Region)
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  • Uruguaiana • 10 min walk
  • Uruguai • 10 min walk
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454lindylou
Central Portugal, Portugal562 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We left Copacabana by metro early in the morning and got off in Carioca, we visited several places that day, and our final stop was at the Museo de Amanhã and Pier Mauá. The Museum of Tomorrow was really busy, so we decided not to go inside, but it was duing the Easter period we were there. The building from the outside is architecturally stunning, an even better view when sailing out of Rio on our cruise ship a few days later. After walking around the outside of the building we went to Praça Mauá where we saw the beautiful artwork done by Brazilian artists depicting the five continents at the time of the Rio Olympics.
Written May 9, 2023
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Andrey Barbosa
Nova Iguacu, RJ21 contributions
Nov 2019
Maua Square is the one of the most beuatiful and walkable public spaces in Rio de Janeiro. Is a perfect place to take photos at the sunset, sit on the grass, or simply admire the landscape. Here you also can visit great museums like Museu do Amanhã and Museu de Arte do Rio.
The square is part of the Porto Maravilha, a project who revitalized Rio's downtown.
Written November 26, 2019
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westy54
Sydney, Australia9,049 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
The very large Maua Square marks the beginning of the Port Region of Rio de Janeiro. From 1910 onwards this became an important place of entry for goods and people into Rio but unfortunately fell into disrepair and, we understand, became a dangerous place to visit.

The square received an enormous makeover in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games with the demolition of the Perimeter High road and the building of the Rio Art Museum and the Museu do Amanha (Museum of Tomorrow) together with general landscape improvements. In the middle of the square is a statue of Irineu Evangelista de Souza, said to have been Brazil's industrial pioneer, that was erected in 1910.

There are great views of the harbor to be had from this square though I would not visit unless going to one of the museums..
Written February 26, 2018
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Paula M
1 contribution
Jan 2018 • Solo
It is a very dangerous area in rio de janeiro, i live here since i was born. Be careful! do not go at night and during the day make sure to take only the necessary things.
Written January 28, 2018
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CatarinaSofiete
Milan, Italy313 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
The area after the Olympic Games just came better. The street art, street food, the amazing museum close. And really easy to go. Very connect with public transportation
Written January 13, 2018
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Robicsek
Budapest, Hungary523 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
This square used to be “must avoid” kind of place, which - many years ago - foreigners had to visit if they had business with the Federal Police. For the Olympic Games the place has completely been cleaned and modernised, and it is now a tourist attraction in its own right. The Museum of Tomorrow is not a must, but if you have enough time in Rio (having already seen all the more important sites and sights) this is an option. You can make a day of it in the Centro, there is a lot to see, including the São Antônio church, the São Bento monastery (don’t miss!!!) and then in Praça Mauá the Museum of Tomorrow with its futuristic building, the Museum of Art of Rio de Janeiro and the aquarium. You may get here with the new VLT tramway, which has connection to the metro.
Written May 25, 2017
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Soloista
Male2,023 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
The sign is a highlight here...its a must shot in your Rio trip photos.

On weekends there are more tourist, so it might be a bit more difficult. but there are also food trucks and small handcraft market, so it is more fun.

From here you can take good pic of the sign with museum at the back
Written November 16, 2016
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109mac
Brasília24 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
I didn't visit Mauá Square before the revitalization, but I heard that it's very diferent than before. My experience was nice, it's a beautiful place and the Museeum of Tomorow is an interesting tour. But I was with my small child, and it becomes a little complicated. It is a better program for older children. My baby is 2 years old.
Written November 9, 2016
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
"Praça Mauá" has always been there, sided by the port of Rio de Janeiro and hidden by an awful express way (the so called Avenida Perimetral)! Recently, this express way was demolished and "Praça Mauá" (a beautiful square) came back to life! At the center of an important revitalization process of the square and of the adjoining area, two new museums were built: "Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro" (MAR) and "Museu do Amanhã"! Both are smashing successes, attracting thousands of visitors each month. The new tramway (VLT) connects the square to downtown and to two subway stations ("Carioca" and "Cinelândia"), as well as to Rio's Bus Station ("Rodoviária Novo Rio") and to its domestic airport ("Aeroporto Santos Dumont" - SDU)! If eating is at your plans, try "Mauá" (at the MAR Museum Roof Top) or "Mosteiro" (near the famous "Mosteiro de São Bento" church) Nevertheless, be aware of your belongings and visits after dark are at your own risk! Enjoy!
Written August 12, 2016
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Flavia Manhaes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ112 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
Great place to take pictures, go to the museum, have lunch. But, be aware of the wallets, cell phone and cameras all time. At weekens with the crown is easier.
Written June 30, 2016
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