Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

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R. Primeiro de Março 66
20010-000, Rio de Janeiro

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The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro is one of the most iconic cultural centers in Brazil. Located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, the center is a hub of activity for locals and visitors alike. The center is housed in a stunning 19th century building that was originally the headquarters of the Bank of Brazil. The building was renovated and opened as a cultural center in 1997, and since then it has become a major attraction in the city.

The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil offers a wide range of activities, from art exhibitions and performances to workshops and lectures. The center also has a library, a movie theater, and a cafe. The library has more than 200,000 books and periodicals, and it is open to the public. The movie theater shows films from all over the world, and it also hosts special events and screenings. The cafe serves delicious food and drinks, and it is a great place to relax and take in the atmosphere of the center.

The center also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including concerts, theater performances, and dance recitals. The center also has a number of permanent exhibits, such as the Brazilian Art Museum, which showcases works from the country’s most renowned artists. Other permanent exhibits include the Brazilian Music Museum and the Brazilian Cinema Museum.

The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil is a great place to experience the culture of Rio de Janeiro. With its beautiful architecture, its diverse range of activities, and its rich history, the center is a must-see for anyone visiting the city.

🕒 Opening hours

  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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🗣️ Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil: Reviews

Fábio Luiz Matta 1 month ago

A must cultural place in the city. There are always cinematic and art exhibitions throughout the year. Most of the exhibitions are free of charge. They also have theatre presentations. The place is very cozy and they have a café on the first floor.

Marielle Andrikopoulos Tarhine 2 months ago

I saw the display of printed money and coins from many different countries and how the bank president's office looked like. It was great, and it was free! Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No

Luciana Servulo 2 months ago

Historic building located in the city center . I had a good moment to see gemeos exihibion as free .

Town Traveller 3 months ago

Free admission. Changing exhbits. There's a floor dedicated to the history of the bank and of money.

Akaza 4 months ago

Went there with friends, feel amazed with the IT game and Portinari exhibitions held that day. A very good place to visit and free ticket!!

Lucia Borraccino 4 months ago

Amazing space and free exhibition

Fernando 4 months ago

Very good and for free

Olga Betânia 4 months ago

An amazing place, you'll never get out of there unsatisfied. Lots of workshops, museums, musical presentations, and, to me the most useful, a great coworking, with all the necessary articles!

Italo Costa 4 months ago

Nice place for a raining day in rio!

Jacqueline Lemaire 4 months ago

Wonderful place. I wish there were more things posted in English or Spanish, but we didn't go to the information center which probably would've had information. The place was still beautiful to walk around and explore the rooms and art. Everyone there working was very friendly and the place was extremely clean.

Kay Fochtmann 4 months ago

Always some great temporary exhibtions as well as the permanent one in the 4th floor about the history of currency. Don't miss out on taking a ride with the beautiful traditional elevator.

Francisco Villas Boas 6 months ago

Awesome exposition

Yannis Filippou 6 months ago

I visited the CCCB in January 2023 and was amazed by the exhibition of Osgemeos! Highly recommend

Van Pli 6 months ago

A really good experience, the place is awesome, and a very good show as well

Astrid Espinola 6 months ago

So impressed by the Centro Cultural! This beautiful center is free entry, and everyone should see it! I went today and found out Walter Firmo’s exposition, and it was highly impressing, and the way it was curated, gorgeous. The ladies from the elevators were super nice. I would come back!

Elin Petev 7 months ago

Very nice place with a great exhibition when I visited. Very well organised with people going through smoothly and without hassle.

melbcosta 8 months ago

Great exhibits, beautiful architecture and very organized!

Jenny Jacobs-Taylor 8 months ago

Walked in not knowing what to expect. At the time, the exhibits were OSGEMEOS and Walter Firmo. I knew nothing about the artists and learned so much--highly recommend!

Priscilla Borges 9 months ago

Great exhibitions, very organised, friendly staff and beautiful building, I always try to visit CCBB when I come to Rio.

Bianca C. R. C. Rocha 10 months ago

CCBB always has some great art exhibitions, which are usually free, and its architecture is very rich and beautiful. It’s definitely a place to visit while in Rio. For those who enjoy Confeitaria Colombo, there is one inside CCBB.

Matheus A. Monteiro 1 year ago

I love going to CCBB. It is one of my favorites places in Rio de Janeiro. It's an amazing museum that everybody should go, Brazilian people and foreigners.

Anirudh Singh 1 year ago

Went for the Marc Chagall exhibition. Not allowed to take pictures of the exhibit so here's some pictures of the installation at the reception!!

Paulo Bianco 1 year ago

A must-visit art gallery in Rio. Beautiful architecture that tells about Rio's glorious past as a capital of the Portuguese empire.

Juliano Magalhães da Silva 1 year ago

Beautiful place! Excellent exhibitions.

La new 1 year ago

Museum at day, Samba Party at night. Best Samba party at the streets that I have seen in Brasil for now. Feels like carneval. Life music and full of brasilian dancers, very gayfriedly.

Roberta Heloisa da Silva 1 year ago

Amazing! We visit the Marc Chagall exposition, it was totally free. The place well organized, easy access through Uber, not that expensive to get there from Copacabana. I highly recommend to visit this place.

Fabíola Xavier 1 year ago

If you have some time, go to Ccbb because there's always something interesting going on.

Mark Babcock 1 year ago

The architecture of this building reminds me of the 1930s. There are even attendants in the elevators to take you from floor to floor. The Cafe Colombo here should not be missed. It is a small cafe with delicious pastries and different coffees.

Gabriel Koike 2 years ago

Beautiful well maintained historical site. Former bank from imperial era. Currently hosts arts exhibitions and cultural events. In the occasion (Dec 2020), there is a very nicely curated exhibition of Mucha artwork and career.

Valeria Hargain 2 years ago

We did not know we needed to get tickets previously on line due to covid.. they were really nice and let us in as an exception since we are from argentina and today was our last day. Super cool staff! Thank you!! Alphonse Mucha exhibition a must! Don t miss it!

Dzmitry Yudo 2 years ago

Visited for the Mucha exposition. Properly sized collection of posters and photos. Well-laid building and not crowded at the time of the visit.

Elis Ferreira 2 years ago

One of the best museums in Rio de Janeiro! They are following COVID-19 protocol perfectly, I felt safe to just enjoy the art.

Jacqueline Smith 3 years ago

Goegeous cultural center in one of the best corners of downtown Rio. CCBB (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil) a very well preserved, architecturally astonishing building where it was once a bank, Banco do Brasil. It promotes art shows and plays, some of them for free. The space has a grand dome, marble floors and an old mirrored elevator. You'll find a small bistro and a bookstore in the facility. It is definitely a nice place to visit, even if you don't have the time to check out any art show. The area is close to a large cathedral, to the Casa França-Brasil (another cultural center) and the Correios Museum. A few restaurants in cobblestone streets behind the building add to the charm.

Julio Cesar da Costa Moura 3 years ago

The "Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil" or CCBB is a very traditional museum in some Brazilian man cities. Normally it is a historical building at the City Center. That's the case of CCBB-Rio de Janeiro. It was the first headquarter of the Banco do Brasil, the first Brazilian Bank, funded in 1808. Nowadays it has a theater and spaces for temporary and permanent exhibitions. During my visit there were no temporary exposition. The permanent exposition covers the money story with past money from many different cultures in different periods of time (the disadvantage of this part for foreigners visitors is that it has no english/spanish subtitles). The second part is the original bank furniture as well important characters for the bank (with English subtitles). There is also a bookshop and a Café Colombo (a traditional coffee at Rio de Janeiro). I strongly recommend a visit, not only for the story as well for the beautiful landscape.

Mauricio Hernandez 3 years ago

It's a really good place! Cultural building where you can find art expositions, interactive events or museum expositions for everbody. It has a coffee shop and library. It also has restrooms at each floor. It's public and the most of the events are for free. The customer service is good.

Axel Schönborn 3 years ago

I know the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil since 2011. Its always a pleasure to be there. Various different exhibitions make it an interesting place to visit with or without family and/or friends. Especially in summer time its with his high walls a cool place to escape the heat of the streets from the center of Rio. Next to it there are several other museum, churches, restaurant places. You should avoid to be at night there. Inside the center you find small cafes for a sit in or small chats. Close to you can access the maritime museum or the naval district museum.

Jessicka Silva 3 years ago

Such a excellent place! There's a lot of cultural attractions like art exhibitions and theater, all for free. There's places for get some coffe or lunch. Amazing!

Christopher Erickson (Christoph) 4 years ago

The free museum was very interesting (albeit probably because I work in a historical bank myself in the US and had a native Brazilian to translate for me). Even though it isn't presented in English, I would definitely recommend going through to see some beautiful spaces in the giant marble bank.

Polina Smuglin 4 years ago

an absolutely free basquiat exhibit? amazing! loved it, and absolutely beautiful inside - worth the visit.

Pedro Cecchetti 4 years ago

This is an awesome places for culture and arts. I went to see the DreamWorks exhibition and want to go back as soon as possible to see the Museu nacional exhibition. I can also point the architecture of the building. It's breathtaking. I would totally recommend for locals and foreigners.

Fee Siqueira Siqueira 4 years ago

One of the best expo centers in Rio. Always a good exhibition to be seen. In one of the rare moments when none is available you can enjoy the architecture of the building, especially the elevator and the views from the second floor. Have a coffee in the lobby and don't miss the bookshop.

Tijana Isailovic 4 years ago

A very cool place, normally free entrance, many amazing expositions and shows. Close to Praça XV and boat station. Ouvidor street famous for its parties and restaurants is nearby. Candelaria - the oldest church in Rio, is 5 min away

Débora Anzai 4 years ago

Museum, theaters, cinemas, art gallery, temporary exhibitions, gourmet cafe and bookstore all in one place managed by the Bank of Brazil. Besides permanent exhibitions and temporary ones which are usually free of charge it's a great stopover to drink some water and use clean bathrooms. Also, grab a snack if necessary. Their money gallery is amazing and tells a lot about the history of Brazilian Real (and much more). The Colombo bakery I prefer the one on Rua Goncalves Dias which is a classic and holds a lot of historical value. The Bank of Brazil permanent exhibition is a must see. If you're in Rio, I'm a local guide here. Feel free to get in touch with me through any social media: @DEBOMZAI

Karol Gawrych 4 years ago

An under appreciated attraction in the city of Rio de Janeiro. With rotating art exhibits, the Centro cultural do Branco do Brasil is a wonderful venue to visit. It isn’t near any of the beaches or major attractions, although it close enough to the metro where it isn’t a hassle to get to. It also provides a great reprieve from the sun beating down on you outdoors.

David Maddison 5 years ago

The transformation of a classical style bank into a hub of cultural magnificence is simply stunning. We loved the old elevators that even still have operators to help you ascend to the exhibitions on the levels above. The main foyer is a lovely place to sit and there is also a small bookshop

Bruno Freitas 5 years ago

Great place for a quit time, pass time and also a good view point for cultural events.

Jorcianne Ferreira 5 years ago

Fantastic free exhibitions, great organization and beautiful place. The library and the bookstore are worth a visit. There are also quality movie sessions, concerts and theatrical productions at good prices. The coffee shop and the restaurant are quite expensive.

Paulo Minor Inagaki Junior 5 years ago

Best cultural venue in Rio. They will always, anytime, have an expo of an incredible artist there. Many atractions are. Just watch out when it is the last day of an expo or the artist is too famous, you may need to wait in lines to get tickets.

Mirian Kina 6 years ago

Nice place to spend time for all that like arts in general. There is a books store, cafe and a restaurant also.

LocalGuide Rio 6 years ago

One of the most beautiful places in Rio. Do not leave Rio without a visit. Art expositions, theather, movies, library, restaurant and cafe. All inside there. Click thumbs up please so I can be aware that you read this. Thanks.

Gustavo Floyen 6 years ago

Went there for a exposition of a TV Program for kids from the 90's. Castelo Ratibum. And liked this place a lot. It was free entrance, and they had a free locker for your belongings, as you can't enter with a backpack for example. They always change their exposition, so better check what is been showed before going there.

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