The Joy of Museums

Finding Beauty & Meaning in Museums

Rio de Janeiro Museums

Rio De Janeiro - Rafael Defavari

Rio de Janeiro or simply Rio was founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, the city was initially the seat of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro, a domain of the Portuguese Empire. Later, in 1763, it became the capital of the State of Brazil, after a long turbulent history, in 1960 the capital of Brazil was transferred to Brasília.

Rio de Janeiro is a tourist destination known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and resort town beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema. One of its most famous landmarks is the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain.

Rio de Janeiro Museum’s that will be featured by the “Joy of Museums” include:

Essential Facts:

  • City:                      Rio de Janeiro
  • Country:              Brazil
  • Founded:             1565
  • Population:         4.5 million – Metro



“He who wants everything loses everything.” Brazilian Proverb



Photo Credit: By Rafael Defavari (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons