We are working towards building a museum for you and all the Cariocas of the world.
Considered an important research and documentation center since its opening in 1965, the MIS / Museum of Image and Sound will receive its new home in Copacabana.
The museum will offer a journey throughout the cultural history of Rio – a well-known and celebrated city for its Carnival, Samba and Bossa Nova. Besides being a cultural center, the museum will also function as a hub to produce and promote culture. Its 9.8 thousand square meters will offer the public an innovative exhibit design in order to digitally display the institution’s collection that includes different documents, photographs, billboards, records, footage, videos, newspapers clippings, and texts. MIS will also house and display the Carmem Miranda Museum collection.
The museum’s program includes short and long term exhibitions, research offices, educational activities room, a 280-seat theater/cinema, a shop, a cafeteria, a panoramic restaurant, a bar/rooftop terrace, a nightclub and an observation deck, as well as a kiosk on the beachfront.
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary studio based in New York City, the new building is a reproduction of the famous Copacabana sidewalk folded into a vertical boulevard and will become a new icon in Rio’s cultural scene. Watch the virtual tour.
The MIS project is made possible through a partnership between the Secretariat of Culture of Rio, the Roberto Marinho Foundation and the Ministry of Culture through the Federal Law for Cultural Incentive. The patrons of the museum are TV Globo, Itau and Natura, and it is sponsored by Vale, IBM, AMBEV and Light, with the support of Grupo Votorantim and NHJ. The project is directly fund by Rio de Janeiro State, by means of its own resources and through de State Law for Cultural Incentive and is financed by the programs of Tourism Development (PRODETUR) and of Support on State Investment (PROINVEST).
Soon you will meet a museum of dialogues in the form of songs, images and stories from artists who made the Carioca way of life – an experience of enchantment for the eyes and joy for the ears. If you have questions or want to engage in the conversation, drop us a line. We’ll love to hear from you.
Building design and construction update
The building project is moving forward and will be entering its final stage of construction. As part of the anticipated procurement process, the contractor will be selected for execution of the interiors work. More information will be made available once the construction company is selected and the schedule is determined.
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