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Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Niterói), {CATEGORY}

Oscar Niemeyer's spaceship design for Niterói's new Contemporary Art Museum has done for this bedroom city what Gehry's Guggenheim did for Bilbao, Spain: put it on the map (at least in Brazil). Set atop a promontory with a stunning view of Rio, the all-white flying saucer says clearly yet elegantly that here is a landmark structure. The magic continues inside with an observation gallery following a band of picture windows around the outside circumference, inviting patrons to gaze on Rio, the Sugarloaf, Guanabara Bay, and the city of Niterói itself. As a gallery, however, the museum has drawbacks. Circular buildings are inherently difficult to make functional. Still, curators do their best, bringing in a constantly changing selection of the best of Brazilian contemporary art (think abstract sculpture, textiles, and painting). Even so, one can't help thinking the best piece of work on display is the building itself. Allow about an hour. Exploring What's Beyond the Saucer - From Niemeyer's saucer-shaped museum, it's only a short stroll to Niterói's main beach, Icarai. The beach itself makes for a pleasant walk, and the views of Rio are fabulous. One of Niterói's main shopping streets, Rua Coronel Moreira Cesar, runs parallel to the beach, 1 block up. The stretch between Rua Miguel Frias and Rua Otavio Carneiro is lined with boutiques and galerias (small shopping centers). You can take a break at the bakery and restaurant Confeitaria Beira Mar, Rua Coronel Moreira Cesar 1, corner of Rua Pres. Backer (tel. 021/2711-1070). For an excellent kilo lunch try Buzin, Rua Pereira da Silva 169 (tel. 021/2711-5208), just 2 blocks past Rua Colonel Moreira Cesar. To return to the ferryboats, catch any bus on the waterfront that says BARCAS. You can also catch a van straight to Ipanema via downtown and Copacabana (R$4/US$2/£1).

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Address: Niterói

City: Rio de Janeiro

Country: Brazil

Phone 1: +55 21 2620-2400

Official site: www.macniteroi.com.br

Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm

Entrance fee: Admission R$4 (US$2/£1), free for children 7 and under

Access by car: From Praça XV take the ferry to Niterói, then take a short taxi ride along Niterói's waterfront and up the hill to the museum

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Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Niterói), {CATEGORY}

Oscar Niemeyer's spaceship design for Niterói's new Contemporary Art Museum has done for this bedroom city what Gehry's Guggenheim did for Bilbao, Spain: put it on the map (at least in Brazil). Set atop a promontory with a stunning view of Rio, the all-white flying saucer says clearly yet elegantly that here is a landmark structure. The magic continues inside with an observation gallery following a band of picture windows around the outside circumference, inviting patrons to gaze on Rio, the Sugarloaf, Guanabara Bay, and the city of Niterói itself. As a gallery, however, the museum has drawbacks. Circular buildings are inherently difficult to make functional. Still, curators do their best, bringing in a constantly changing selection of the best of Brazilian contemporary art (think abstract sculpture, textiles, and painting). Even so, one can't help thinking the best piece of work on display is the building itself. Allow about an hour. Exploring What's Beyond the Saucer - From Niemeyer's saucer-shaped museum, it's only a short stroll to Niterói's main beach, Icarai. The beach itself makes for a pleasant walk, and the views of Rio are fabulous. One of Niterói's main shopping streets, Rua Coronel Moreira Cesar, runs parallel to the beach, 1 block up. The stretch between Rua Miguel Frias and Rua Otavio Carneiro is lined with boutiques and galerias (small shopping centers). You can take a break at the bakery and restaurant Confeitaria Beira Mar, Rua Coronel Moreira Cesar 1, corner of Rua Pres. Backer (tel. 021/2711-1070). For an excellent kilo lunch try Buzin, Rua Pereira da Silva 169 (tel. 021/2711-5208), just 2 blocks past Rua Colonel Moreira Cesar. To return to the ferryboats, catch any bus on the waterfront that says BARCAS. You can also catch a van straight to Ipanema via downtown and Copacabana (R$4/US$2/£1).

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