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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).

Practical Information

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

Hotels nearby

650 yd - Pousada Anexo

With its central location, Pousada Anexo Hotel is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Niteroi.The Pousada Anexo Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern ameniRead moreties in every guestroom and superb service.Room amenities include air conditioning, shower, mini bar, satellite/cable TV, jacuzzi bathtub.Hotel facilities offered at this Niteroi accommodation include bar/pub, restaurant, business center, pets allowed.To unwind, guests can enjoy the leisure facilities provided on the hotel's property, including sauna.Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction.For your reservation at the Pousada Anexo Hotel Niteroi, please choose your period of stay and fill out our secure online booking form.Hide

668 yd - Viareggio Hotel

The Viareggio Hotel is located in Niteroi making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town.All hotel's guestrooms have all the conveniences expected in a hotel in its class to suit guests' utRead moremost comforts.Room amenities include air conditioning, television, shower, mini bar.The basic amenities provided at this Niteroi accommodation comprise 24hr room service, elevator, bar/pub, restaurant, business center.These top-class facilities are complemented to excellent services to meet the needs of visitors to Niteroi. To reserve a room at the Viareggio Hotel, simply select your dates of stay and fill in our secure online booking form.Hide

1,089 yd - Mercure Niteroi Orizzonte Hotel

Located in Niteroi, Mercure Niteroi Orizzonte Hotel is a perfect starting point from which to explore Niteroi. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Facilities like car park, meetiRead moreng facilities, restaurant are readily available for you to enjoy. The well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access – wireless, microwave, satellite/cable TV, ironing board, mini bar. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Mercure Niteroi Orizzonte Hotel combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Niteroi unforgettable.Hide

1,095 yd - Mercure Niteroi Orizzonte Hotel

Tower Hotel. "Tower Hotel" has 3 stars. This hotel is an ideal place to stay when exploring Niterói. There is no need to go out searching for dinner as there is an onsite restaurant. You can end your Read moreday at the bar. To add to your stay, there is breakfast available. Another extra service provided is access to the Internet.Hide

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1,730 yd - Icaraí Praia Hotel

Icaraí Praia Hotel. "Icaraí Praia Hotel" has 3 stars. The hotel is a convenient base point from which to discover Niterói. The residence has a total capacity of 63 rooms. Hot temperatures are kept oRead moreutside thanks to the air conditioning. The onsite restaurant serves a tasty dinner. End your busy day with a drink at the accommodation's lounge bar. After a good night's sleep, you have the option to enjoy breakfast at the residence. If you want to share your experiences online, there is free of charge Internet access available.Hide

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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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