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Moreira Salles Institute

Moreira Salles Institute

The Moreira Salles Institute (IMS) was founded in 1992 and now operates mainly in 3 locations: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Poços de Caldas. The Rio unit once belonged to its founder - Walter Moreira Salles, who was a well-known Brazilian banker and politician. IMS is dedicated to promoting cultural programming for the public. Numerous exhibitions, concerts, lectures, film festivals and other events are held here.

Besides the cultural heritage, the house is an attraction on its own – a landmark of modern architecture of the 1950s, surrounded by lush gardens.

In one of the halls you will find a permanent photography exhibition “Rio: primeiras poses” (First Poses) which is dedicated to the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro and shows the city views from the past centuries (1840-1930). Unbelievable how rapidly the wonderful city has grown!

Tips for Moreira Salles Institute

  • Combine your visit with exploring Gavea neighborhood.
  • IMS has a small cinema that shows interesting films and documentaries. Find the schedule from their website.
  • Almost all Rio's museums are closed on Mondays. Check the museum's website for exact information.

Quick facts

Type: museum
Touristic: no
Getting there: easy
Minimal transport: bus + walk
Cost: free
Website: www.ims.com.br
Other names: Instituto Moreira Salles, IMS, Moreira Salles institute
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