Rio de Janeiro

Municipal Theater Municipal Theater

Brasil’s main theater house has a monumental facade and features dance, music and opera artists.

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The Municipal Theater was created in 1909 and stands out not only for its architecture, but the beauty of its interior as well. The high-end materials used to build the Theater, such as Carrara marble, and its paintings and sculptures turn the Theater into a cultural temple.

With capacity for 2,200 seats, the Theater is Brasil’s main theater house and the country’s only cultural institution to maintain a choir, a symphonic orchestra and a ballet company simultaneously.

Its architecture is rich in details and blends together different styles, such as Baroque and art nouveau. Among such architectural wonders is the 350-kg eagle on the roof and the huge center chandelier inside, made in golden bronze with crystal pendants.

Some other incredible buildings lie near the Theater, which were built by order of King D. João VI after he arrived in Brasil in 1808, such as the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts, whose collection was brought directly from Portugal.

Key information and tips

Visitors are not allowed to enter wearing shorts, tank tops, sleeveless shirts or slippers.

Opening hours:
Tuesdays through Fridays at 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and holidays at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Visits with English narration: Tuesdays through Fridays at 2 p.m. Saturdays and holidays at 12 p.m.

R$ 20.00 (adults) and R$ 10.00 (students).

Duration of the Visit
30 minutes.
+55 (21) 2332-9220 / 2332-9005
More Info
Virtual tour
Official website


Praça Floriano, s/n° – Centro

The easiest way to reach the Theater is by taxi. Check out taxi rates.

Take line 1or 2 and get off at Cinelândia station, via the Av. Rio Branco exit.

Bus lines leading to all parts of town pass through Rio Branco avenue. Check out the itineraries.

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