MIS/ Frequently Asked Questions



What is the status of construction?

Construction is currently in its the third stage, which includes the frames, finishes and installations. The first stage, completed in April 2010, consisted of the expropriation of the land and the sustainable demolition of the existing building at the site (98.1% of the materials were reused). The second stage, which was concluded in July 2014, involved construction of the foundation (a challenging job because of the very sandy terrain, located in a densely populated region) and the structures.


Why is the MIS not ready yet?

We have encountered several challenges: during the construction of the foundation, there were problems due to the nature of the terrain. Although these problems have all been overcome, construction was delayed as a result of those. This stage was quite challenging, because the property is located on very sandy terrain, in a densely populated region. Although all required studies and surveys had been completed prior to the start of construction, the problems were only discovered during the construction of the foundation, and the project had to be adjusted to the conditions of the soil. During the third stage of the construction process, which consists of the finishings, installations and frames, a new procurement process had to be conducted, after the contract with the construction company was rescinded, which caused a further delay.


Could the financial crisis derail construction?

No. All the funds required to complete the current stage of construction have been underwritten by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).


How can I work at the MIS?

Once the new building is inaugurated, the MIS will be managed by a Social Cultural Organization (OS), to be chosen by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, through a public selection process. Once the OS that will manage the MIS has been chosen, it will announce where applicants can send their résumés.


What is the MIS?

The Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) began its operations in 1965, serving primarily as a documentation center. The MIS archives contain 30 private collections with photographs, albums, films, videos, instruments and documents, including major collections such as that of the Rádio Nacional radio network (featuring radio shows, scripts, photographs and more). The Museum has also been producing its own collection since 1966, mainly by recording the Testimonials for Posterity, recorded interviews and statements by important representatives of Brazilian culture.

In 2008, the idea emerged of building a new venue for the MIS in Copacabana. The goal is to revitalize the museum and reinterpret its immense collection through a contemporary museographic language.

The new MIS will celebrate and tell the history of Brazilian culture with Rio as its epicenter. It will showcase how Rio de Janeiro’s cultural expressions have forged much of what we now call Brazilian culture.


Where is the MIS currently located?

Currently, the MIS operates at two locations: the original museum building, at Praça XV; and another building, in Lapa.


Who is developing the project for the new MIS building?

Located on Copacabana’s Avenida Atlântica, the new MIS is an initiative by the Rio de Janeiro State Government. through the Department of Culture, designed and developed in partnership with the Roberto Marinho Foundation. Funders include TV Globo, Itaú and Natura, sponsors include Vale, IBM, Light and Ambev. The project also receives support of the Votorantim Group and NHJ Brazil, and the Ministry of Culture, through the Federal Cultural Incentive Law (allowing companies to donate funds in return for a tax deduction).


How many “Testimonials” have been recorded?

So far more than a thousand testimonials have been recorded, totaling over four thousand hours of recordings. All of these are available for consultation. These recordings are currently available at the Lapa location.


Why will the MIS move to a new building in Copacabana?

The construction of a new building will allow the public to tour the museum’s collection. For the first time, the collection will be displayed with a narrative, and will include the collection of the Carmen Miranda Museum.  The new building will have various rooms for short and long-term exhibits, research areas, rooms for educational activities, a documentation center, a movie theater/auditorium with 280 seats, a shop, a cafeteria, a panoramic restaurant, a nightclub and a lookout.


Will the new location be accessible?

The new building has been designed in compliance with all relevant legislation on physical accessibility and will also feature several resources to make the museum content accessible to meet the needs of various audiences. The new museum will offer audio-guides in three languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish), touch-friendly models and other sensory tools.


What is the environmental impact of the construction of the new MIS building?

Our concern for the environment permeates every aspect of the project, starting with the demolition of the building that once stood on the property. A carefully planned demolition allowed 99.81% of the materials to be recycled or reused. The project complies with all the requirements for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designl) certification, awarded by the Green Building Council (USGBC).


What will visitors see in the new MIS?

The architecture of the building is designed as a vertical boulevard and takes visitors on a journey through Brazilian culture. On the ground floor, visitors will be greeted by a virtual newsstand with the latest news, a shop and a cafe. The permanent exhibit begins at the Carioca Spirit floor and is divided into three themes: humor, rebellion and celebration. Here, visitors immerse themselves in the Carioca carnival spirit, no matter what time of year. The following floor, entitled Sweet Rhythm, is dedicated to music and radio. A documentary tells the history of samba. From the traditional samba-canção to samba-jazz, bossa nova, modern samba: visitors can listen to Brazilian samba as it evolved. The Joyous Tropics floor takes visitors through the career of Carmen Miranda, one of the museum’s icons, from Carioca girl to Hollywood star. In addition to Miranda, the museum displays another important Brazilian export product: Brazilian TV shows. The exhibit highlights key moments of the country when the country stopped to watch TV. The It’s the Salt, It’s the Sun, It’s the South floor reveals the city by the sea: photographs by Augusto Malta and Guilherme Santos, gems of the MIS collection, give an overview of the city’s urban development. In the basement of the building, visitors will find Carioca Nights and its historic highlights; the role of music in Rio’s nightlife and the history of Brazilian funk, transforming the space into a genuine carioca dance party. In addition to the night club, this floor also houses an auditorium for film and theatre, with a lively cultural calendar. On the terrace of the building is a lookout that also operates as open-air cinema at night, with an adjacent panoramic restaurant.


Who is responsible for the architectural design of the new MIS building?

American architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro is responsible for the architectural design of the new museum. The project’s technical development was designed by the architectural firm of Brazilian architect Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa.


How was the design of the new MIS building chosen?

The selection was made through an International Ideas Competition in 2009. Seven of the most important architectural firms in the world participated, four Brazilian and three foreign companies: Bernardes & Jacobsen, Brasil Arquitetura, Daniel Libeskind, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Isay Weinfeld, Shigeru Ban and Tacoa Arquitetos. The winner was chosen by a panel of ten renowned professionals, chaired by the then State Secretary of Culture, Adriana Rattes. The following criteria were used to evaluate the projects: technological innovation and originality and aesthetics; physical and aesthetic appropriateness for the site; compliance with the parameters outlined in the functional program; feasibility of the project and compliance with sustainability parameters such as energy efficiency and water use; universal accessibility, i.e., easy access to all visitors, including to those with a disability.


What will happen to the buildings that currently house the MIS, in Lapa and Praça XV?

The building at Praça X was handed over to the Judicial Power, in compliance with Decree 45,452/2015, to become part of the building complex of the Rio de Janeiro State Court of Justice. As soon as the collection is moved to the Lapa building, the building will be occupied by the Court. The Lapa location will house all the museum’s physical archives and will provide support to the new museum site in Copacabana.





Sede Administrativa
Rua Visconde de Maranguape, 15
Largo da Lapa, CEP 20021-390
Rio de Janeiro/ RJ

Sede Praça XV
Praça Luiz Souza Dantas, 01
Praça XV, Rio de Janeiro/ RJ
Rio de Janeiro/ RJ, Brasil

Tel +55 21 2332-9509/ 2332-9507 (Lapa)
Tel +55 21 2332-9068 (Praça XV)
Email: olamisrj@gmail.com


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