Rio de Janeiro

Praça Mauá Praça Mauá

One of the newest tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro, it offers a lovely view of Guanabara Bay.

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Inaugurated in 1910, the then harbour area of Rio de Janeiro, Mauá Square soon became one of the most important places in the city center. The building that housed the newspaper company “A Noite” (The Night), the first skyscraper in Latin America was built in this Square.

In 1960’s the construction of the Perimetral elevated motorway crossed over the Square, affecting the pedestrian’s movement and the view of Guanabara Bay. The Square revitalization started some years ago with the Perimetral being demolished, some motorways being closed and with the construction of the LRT and two important Museums – Museu da Arte do Rio and the Museum of Tomorrow.

Since then, Mauá Square became one of the most important tourist attractions in the center of this wonderful city. The Square gathers thousands of visitors that are willing to visit the attractions and enjoy the beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay and Niterói, an adjacent city.

Key information and tips

Enjoy the view of Guanabara Bay and Niterói.

It is a safe area during the day. Take care at night when there is no events scheduled.

Opening hours:
The Square opens every day. Museum opening times - Tuesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm.

Free Admission.

Duration of the Visit
1 hora
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Mauá Square


Praça Mauá – Centro – Rio de Janeiro

You can get to the Square by taxi.

There is a Light Rail Transit stop in the Square where the Museum is. It connects with the subway at Cinelândia and Carioca stations.

You can get to the Square by bicycle. At Mauá Square there is a bicycle parking with 120 spots and also a Bike Rio stand that works with a bike sharing system.

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