Museum of Image and Sound

Museum of Image and Sound (11)

The Museum of Image and Sound.  But of course. How could a city like Rio not have such a museum? Although the building is new, the museum is an institution that was founded in September 1965 and was the first museum of its kind in Brazil. During the 1960s and 1970s, it was not only the largest music and image documentation centre, but a meeting place for artistic creation.

The new museum was created as a meeting point for cariocas themselves and visitors, where they can be surrounded by the songs, images and stories of the Rio lifestyle.

The architecture of the new building makes it destined to become one of the new symbols of the city, along with the Museum of Tomorrow, which has been built in the old port area, the so called Porto Maravilha project. 

Copacabana was chosen as the new location for the MIS, since the neighbourhood is closely linked to the spirit of the museum. Always lively, it has inspired musicians, writers, painters, thinkers and photographers, whose work has helped shaped the culture of Brazil.

It was designed by the architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which is based in New York. Its architectural design seeks to reproduce the famous wave mosaic on the pavement of the renowned Copacabana promenade.

With its 9800 square metres, the MIS seeks to present the carioca culture of the past and present. The museum will be both a centre for the production and dissemination of culture and a cultural centre. 

The enormous collection found within the innovative architectural design can be viewed digitally; it includes photographs, posters, records, recordings, videos, newspaper clippings, documents... With permanent and temporary exhibitions, research offices, educational activities, a film theatre, a shop, a café, a panoramic restaurant and a spectacular terrace where you can enjoy the magnificent views of the promenade.

The MIS will also house and display the collection of the Carmen Miranda Museum, which up to now has been located in the Flamengo neighbourhood.

Undoubtedly, the MIS is set to become a reason to enjoy Copacabana and the music of Rio.

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