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The Rio de Janeiro State Museum of History and Arts, known as Ingá's Museum, is located in the old Nilo Peçanha Palace, or Ingá's Palace, which was the headquarters of the Rio de Janeiro State Government, from 1904 to 1975, before the merger with the State of Guanabara and transfer of the capital to the city of Rio de Janeiro.


Its collection includes about 4,800 items, from furniture, crystal, porcelain, and clothing to documents, sculptures, coins, and paintings. The area has one of the largest public modern art collections in the state, with works by Anita Malfati, Di Cavalcanti, Oswaldo Goeldi, and Tarsila do Amaral, as well as an important collection of popular arts and traditions, with pieces by Mestre Vitalino, Zé Caboclo, and Mudinho.


Ingá's Museum. Photo: Cris Isidoro/Diadorim Ideias


Also located in the palace is the "Centro de Referência da História e Cultura do Museu do Ingá" (Ingá's Museum Reference Center for History and Culture), which gathers, analyzes and systematizes documents, statements, information, and objects relating to the 43 governors, interventors, and provisional governor of the extinct State of Guanabara.


Built around 1860, in neoclassical style, the museum features 10 exhibition halls, three study rooms, five workshops, two technical reserves, and a laboratory for restoration and conservation. It also offers a specialized library on the history of Brazil, with approximately 3,200 books covering the periods of the Colony, the 1st and 2nd Empires, and the history of Rio de Janeiro.


The building has housed the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions since 1976 and, since a year later, the State Historical Museum of Rio de Janeiro. Only in 1991, the two were integrated and now form the Rio de Janeiro State Museum of History and Arts.


The building was listed by the Instituto Estadual do Patrimônio Cultural-Inepac (State Institute of Cultural Heritage), in 1983.

General Information

Address: Presidente Pedreira Street, 78, Ingá - Niterói
Phone: (+55 21) 2717-2919
E-mail address:
Opening hours:

Tue-Fri, from 11am to 5pm. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, from 3pm to 5pm.

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