Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Once you have marveled at its fascinating design, step inside this leading contemporary art museum to browse the large collection of renowned works.

Oscar Niemeyer Museum is one of Curitiba’s most intriguing sights. The structure is perched on top of a brightly colored pedestal and is nicknamed The Eye because of its distinctive Cyclops-like appearance. It was designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 2002 when he was 95 years old.

Start in the main building of this two-building complex and explore its three floors of exhibition space. The galleries feature rotating exhibits devoted to the visual arts, architecture and design. Most of the museum’s most significant pieces can be found in the nine rooms of the first floor. Among the famous names to have had their work exhibited here are Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol.

Go to the underground level to see the permanent exhibition dedicated to Oscar Niemeyer. On display are photos and models of his architectural projects. Also on this level is the Patio of Sculptures, where you can see the work of renowned Brazilian artists such as Erbo Stenzel, Amelia Toledo, Bruno Giorgi and others.

From here, walk through the tunnel that connects the main building to the annex. This is the museum’s distinctive eye-shaped tower. There are four floors to explore and all host a roster of temporary exhibitions.

The museum is open every day except Mondays and some public holidays. There is discounted admission for teachers and students, while those who are under 12 years of age or over 60 get in for free. There is free admission for everyone on the first Sunday of the month and during the extended hours period every first Thursday of the month.

Oscar Niemeyer Museum is about 20 minutes’ walk from the center of town. Alternatively, you can arrive by bus, metro or car. There is also a station here for a special bus service, the Linha Turismo, which travels between Curitiba's main sights. Drivers can park for free in the museum’s two parking lots.

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