There are many museums in Rio de Janeiro and a reason to that is that until 1960 it was the capital of Brazil; this status was lost but the national museums stayed. I’m gonna give you addresses and specific info about some museums I have picked out as perhaps a bit more interesting for a foreigner, first I will discuss some general issues that might come in handy if you are planning to visit one or two of them. Persoanlly I think it is a natural choice if you happen to end up in Rio and it is raining.
Discounts & Open Hours for Museums in Rio
Quite a few museums have entrance on Sundays for free. Otherwise if you present a student card at the entrance you will many times get half the price, it never hurts to ask. Children (in general under 6 or 7 years of age) enter for free. They are almost all open the whole week except Mondays.
Exhibitions and Guided Tours
Some museums at times have really interesting exhibitions, that is the case with CCBB (Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil) for example. Check the sites I provide on the museum pages I have linked to below. Guided tours are available in English for most museums, in some they are even obligatory, again check the sites to get updated info on times and how to book.
Different Types of Museums
In order to facilitate I have ordered all the museums into different sub sections. Clicking on the respective link will take you to that category. First there is Rio Art Museums, second is Rio History Museums and third is Other Museums of Rio.
I hope the info will be helpful to you. If you have any suggestions on other museums just let me know.