The Casa França-Brasil building started out as the city’s Academy of Fine Arts, designed by a French-born architect Grandjean de Montigny in 1817. Grandjean de Montigny’s neoclassical design was the first of its kind in the city, setting a trend for other major architectural works of the era. In the early 80’s plans for the building to be reincarnated as the Casa França-Brasil were started by famed anthropologist (and then Secretary of Culture) Darcy Ribeiro. Casa França-Brasil officially opened in 2009, solidifying a physical space in Rio’s history. Many of their exhibits imbue the spirit of France. And some are really edgy. Casa França once staged an exhibit called A Céu Aberto (Open Sky in Portuguese) in which they brought the entire art installation outdoors. The Euro-vibe extends to the museum’s restaurant, Bistrô The Line. Located on the patio behind Casa França-Brasil, diners take a respite from the museums works or the madness of downtown to eat classic breakfast or lunches underneath the chic umbrellas.
Nearest station: Estação Uruguaiana
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10h-20h