Destination Rio

At The Olympic Museum, visits have a Rio flavour: from 10 February to 25 September 2016

The aim is to offer visitors a rich and varied experience throughout The Museum, from the Park to the restaurant, the TOM Café, and including two temporary exhibitions. The programme is free.

Because the mixed-race body is at the heart of Brazilian culture, it is the common denominator of the programme and the guide to what can be found at The Museum.

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At The Olympic Museum, visits have a Rio flavour: from 10 February to 25 September 2016

Start with a "Warm up" in the Park

From 10 February to September 2016

Information points indicated by luminous balls in the colours of the Rio Games appear along the route taken by visitors. A fun way to immerse them in the atmosphere, learn about Brazilian athletes and read stories about this great Latin American country.

Start with a "Warm up" in the Park
Start with a "Warm up" in the Park

From end of March, a route with 10 "Bichos", 10 original sculptures created by carioca artist Felipe Barbosa, especially for The Olympic Museum, composed of inflatable beach toys, to represent zoomorphic trees, evoking the animals of the forests of Amazonia and Tijuca.

Start with a "Warm up" in the Park Felipe Barbosa - "Urso(ours)" - 2010

« Rio 2016: The Games » exhibition

From 10 February to 25 September 2016, in the "Galerie" Museum area on level +2 (free entrance)

All you need to know about the Games in Rio: history, candidature, essentials (medals, torch, torch relay and mascots), competition venues, sports on the programme, new sports, athletes, unusual details, etc. With the atmosphere and colours of the Rio 2016 "Look of the Games", the exhibition presents the characteristics and long-term impact of this edition of the Games, the first to be held in South America.

It is also designed to evolve over time, following Olympic current affairs, from the lighting of the flame in Olympia in April 2016, to the unveiling of the medals (dates still to be confirmed) and the live broadcast of the competitions from 5 to 21 August 2016.

« Rio 2016: The Games » exhibition

« Rio: Rhythms and Diversity » exhibition

From 10 February to 25 September 2016, in the "Focus" Museum area on level +1 (free entry)

A guided tour of the heart of Brazilian culture, with the mixed-race body and music as the emblematic elements, all supported and illustrated by photographers, contemporary artists and film makers, all of them cariocas. The exhibition is based on the various characteristics of Brazil: forest, city, celebration, beach, football and the omnipresent music. It punctuates each subject, and at the end of the visit culminates in a visual and musical symphony created by original recordings from the Música no Brasil (Music in Brazil) series and Danças brasileiras (Brazilian Dances), never before seen in Europe.

« Rio: Rhythms and Diversity » exhibition

Brazilian artists chosen for the programme

From 10 February to 25 September 2016

Works by Felipe Barbosa, Heleno Bernardi, Marcos Cardoso, Maria Nepomuceno, Zemog, Alex Flemming and Adriana Varejão, seven artists, most of them born in Rio, who have been chosen because they express both the transformative power inherent to Rio and the harmonious diversity created by cultural mixing.

Demontrations and activities

From February to July, five highlights before the Rio Olympic Games (free entrance)

Impossible to devise a programme on Rio, the Games, the city, Brazil and its culture without music, without samba, without percussion, without capoeira and without the taste of Brazil in your plate. A whole range of treats to delight visitors.

The music of Rio

Digital bonus

Once upon a time there was bossa nova, a style of music born in Rio de Janeiro at the end of the 1950s and known all over the world today, thanks to songs like "The Girl from Ipanema" / "Garota de Ipanema" (the fifth most played song of all time) (João Gilberto and Stan Getz).

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Garota de Ipanema

João Gilberto et Stan Getz

TOM Park

10 February to 25 September 2016

The « Destination Rio » programme experience begins with a warm-up in The Olympic Museum park.

A 100% Brazilian journey, lined with various "did you know?" stands

Info points signposted by balloons in bright Rio Games colours are dotted along the route.

An enjoyable way to whet your appetite and find out about Brazilian athletes and anecdotes in order to learn more about this large Latin American country.

Let's go !

The history of Brazil

The Brazilian flag is green with, at its centre, a yellow diamond featuring a blue disc and the motto, meaning "Order and Progress". The green represents the Amazon Rainforest, the yellow the gold of the sun, and the blue represents the sky. Each star in the flag represents a Brazilian State.

Starting in the first half of the 16th century, the Portuguese introduced African labour to Brazil from their colonies to run the sugar-cane plantations. Black slavery in Brazil was abolished on 13 May 1888 by Princess Isabel.

Brazil at the Olympic Games

Brazilian athletes have won a total of 108 medals in the history of the Summer Games: 23 gold, 30 silver and 55 bronze. With the exception of 1928, Brazil has taken part in each Summer Games since 1920.

Brazil at the Olympic Games

Brazilian athletes

Sailor Torben Grael, born in 1960 in São Paulo, is one of the legends of Olympic sailing. Nicknamed "Turbine", he is the Brazilian athlete who has won the most Olympic medals (two golds, one silver and one bronze between 1984 and 2004). He grew up in Niterói, in Guanabara Bay, where he sailed with his brother Lars, who is also an Olympic medallist. Of Danish descent, he learned the sport with his grandfather, sailing in a boat used at the 1912 Games in Stockholm. Since 1999, Torben Grael has been a member of the afterguard and tactician for the "Luna Rossa Challenge" (originally named Prada), the Italian syndicate involved in the America’s Cup.

Footballer Marta Vieira da Silva known as Marta, nicknamed "Pelé with skirts", was born in 1986 in Dois Riachos, Alagoas. Named FIFA Player of the Year five times between 2006 and 2010, she is considered as the best female player of all time. A silver medallist at the Games in 2004 and 2008, she plays for FC Rosengård in Sweden and is also on the Brazilian national team. Marta’s footprint was immortalised in cement inside the Maracanã Stadium after winning the final of the Pan-American Games in Rio in 2007. Will Marta be able to lead the Brazilian team to gold at the Games in Rio?

Skateboarder Bob Burnquist was born in 1976 in Rio de Janeiro to a Brazilian mother and American father. After becoming a fan of skateboarding in São Paulo, he later moved to the USA. Considered as one of the best vert skateboarders in the world, Burnquist became a pro aged 15. He is one of the rare skateboarders to have looped a full pipe. Used to putting on extraordinary performances, he shone at the football World Cup in 2014, combining skateboarding and football to make a new sport as difficult as it is spectacular: skate-football.

Brazilian athletes © Getty Images

Sport in Brazil

The Maracanã Stadium was created for the football World Cup in 1950. With an initial capacity of over 200,000 spectators, the biggest in the world at the time, it offered the chance for people from all backgrounds to be seated together.

Sport in Brazil

After football, volleyball is the second most popular sport in Brazil, especially among girls. The women’s team has dominated the Olympic circuit since the Games in Beijing in 2008.

Brazilian culture

« Tudo bem! » + a smile + a thumbs-up? This means that "everything’s great" or that "it’s OK". The expression reflects optimism and patience, highly appreciated virtues in Brazilian culture. You need to do an awful lot to make a Brazilian angry.

With a coastline stretching nearly 7,500km, the beaches are considered the most democratic place in Brazil. In Rio, the beach is the heart of one’s social life. Individuals of all skin colours and all social standings come together here. Brazilians take the time to chat, swim and exercise here.

Brazilian culture

Art in Brazil

Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx redesigned Avenida Atlântica in the 1970s, drawing inspiration from the Portuguese mosaics along Copacabana beach. Black, white and red mosaics form a "moving floor" of which no section is the same over a four-kilometre stretch.

Art in Brazil

Born in Rio, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, considered the father of modern architecture, celebrates curves. Inspired by the curves of the female body and the waves of the sea, rivers and hills of his country, his nickname is the "architect of sensuality".

Art in Brazil © Getty Images

Christ the Redeemer, a sculpture 38 metres high by engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and French sculptor Paul Landowski, has become the symbol of the city. Erected at the summit of Mount Corcovado, it is the only one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World" to have been built in the 20th century.

Art in Brazil © Getty Images

Music in Brazil

The great footballer Garrincha was also known as Alegria do Povo (People’s Joy).
Singer Vinicius de Moraes wrote a poem about him: O Anjo de Pernas Tortas (Bent-legged Angel).

Ecology and nature in Brazil

Thanks to « catadores », waste collectors, Brazil is the world champion at recycling drinks cans. The country recycles over 97% of its aluminium cans, i.e. 25 million units per day.

In 2015, more than 90% of brand new cars sold in Brazil ran on bioethanol produced from sugar cane. The world’s largest exporter of green fuel, Brazil produces over 17 billion litres of ethanol every year.

The hills, mountains and valleys that characterise Rio’s coast are the result of tectonic shifts of a geological structure called the "Brazilian crystal". Rocks and granite form the basis of this crystal.

Rio is home to the world’s largest urban forest, called the Tijuca Forest, comprising 3,300 hectares and 3,000 species. It occupies 15 per cent of the city’s land. After having been destroyed by sugar cane and coffee plantations, it was reforested by man from 1860.

Music in Brazil

An « inhabited » park

24 March 2016 to 25 September 2016

The Olympic Park enhanced by the presence of 10 "bichos" by Carioca artist Felipe Barbosa.

A world formed of 10 "bichos", i.e. 10 original sculptures specially created for The Museum, 10 zoomorphic trees, made from inflatable beach toys, which evoke the fauna of the Amazon and Tijuca forests:

A "tamandua" (anteater), an "ave do Paraíso" (bird-of-paradise), a "cisne" (swan), a "boi" (bull), a "lhama" (llama), a "bisão" (bison), a "pombo" (pigeon), a "tucano" (toucan), an "onça" (panther) and a "veado" (deer).

"Bicho" (animal, beast) here characterises a "beastie", between the wild animal and the domestic animal, which is explained by the daily contact that Cariocas have with animals. The nickname "bichinho(a)" is also a colloquial term used by Cariocas as a sign of affection, similar to "darling".

An opportunity for unusual encounters, where everyday consumer items, such as beach toys, are used to create something else and cock a snook at conventional notions of space and time. Let your imagination run wild and make sense of what you see.

« Rio 2016 : The Games » exhibition

From 10 February to 25 September 2016 in the Galerie on level +2 (free entry)

All you need to know about the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro: history, candidature, the essentials (medals, torch, torch relay and mascots), competition venues, sports on the programme, new sports, goodies, etc. In the atmosphere of the colours and Look of the Games Rio de Janeiro 2016, the exhibition presents the characteristics and long-term impact of this edition of the Games, which are being held for the first time in South America.

It has also been created to develop over time and in line with Olympic topical events, from the lighting of the flame in Olympia in April 2016 to the unveiling of the medals (dates still to be confirmed), not forgetting the live broadcast of the competitions from 5 to 21 August 2016.

The Olympic Games take place every four years, but every edition is completely unique!

In August 2016, it is the turn of Rio de Janeiro to host the Games, with the whole of Brazil having this honour and being under the spotlight!

Discover the Rio Olympic Games

Rio 2016 / Alex Ferro

The city of Rio and its exceptional urban landscape

Between sea and mountains, Corcovado mountain with the statue of Christ the Redeemer at its summit, Copacabana beach...

The city of Rio and its history, from its status as ancient seat of the Portuguese empire to its great sports events from the 20th century to the present...

The celebration of the Olympic Games

Their 16 days of competitions, participation figures (male and female athletes, delegations, volunteers, etc.), logistics and anecdotes.

Visual identity, the Look of the Games, with the basis of its visual language being the pebble, whose organic shape represents movement and performance.

The torch relay and its magic as it crosses the country and gets the whole population involved.

The torch, an iconic object if ever there was one, through its design and technical conception.

Rio 2016 / Alex Ferro

The mascots, « Vinicius » and « Tom »: Vinicius as a tribute to Vinicius de Moraes, and Tom, as a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim (Tom Jobim), two musicians who contributed to the development of contemporary music and jazz, not forgetting the bossa nova style.

Rio 2016 / André Redlich

The winners’ medals, from conception to production.
The 41 Olympic disciplines and the 23 Paralympic ones on the programme, with their pictograms.
Spotlight on the two new sports on the programme, golf and rugby.
The competition venues situated in four zones in the city.
And a convivial place to experience the event: screenings, Best Of, etc.

Games legacy

On the sports side, with the three Olympic Park sports halls, the Maria Lenk aquatics centre, the Rio Olympic Velodrome and the Olympic Tennis Centre, which, after the Games, will form Brazil’s first Olympic Training Centre (OTC) for elite athletes.

On the cultural and social side, with "Transforma", the Rio 2016 educational programme whose aim is to make young people aware of sport and the Olympic values. Before the Games, already more than 177,000 pupils from 349 schools in the state of Rio de Janeiro will have benefited from the programme. After the Games, it will be extended to 19 municipalities and will constitute one of the main legacies of these Games.

Rio 2016 / Alex Ferro

On the urban life side, with the revitalisation of the historic port area; the extension of the metro network; and the creation of the LRT, the light railway system in the city centre, as well as anti-flood measures and the construction of educational and sporting equipment.

In the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, with new sports facilities; improved transport infrastructure; and the construction of new shopping centres, housing and recreational areas.

In the Deodoro area, with new infrastructure, new shopping and leisure centres and Radical Park.

In the Maracanã area, with the revitalisation of the Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome, as well as the João Havelange Olympic Stadium.

On the environmental side, with the clean-up of Guanabara Bay and a reduction in the uncontrolled overflow of sewers into the Barra de Tijuca lagoons.

On Copacabana Beach, with the recovery of the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and improvements in seawater quality, and with the renovation of the Marina da Glória building to host major sailing events.

« Rio: Rhythmes and diversity » exhibition

From 10 February to 25 September 2016 in the "Focus" area on level +1 (free entry)

A guided tour to the heart of Brazilian culture, with the mixed-race body and music as its emblem, all illustrated by the contribution of photographers, contemporary artists and videographers – all from Rio.

« Every Brazilian, even if he has fair skin and blond hair, has in his soul, or even in his body and soul, the shade or the mark of the Indian or the Black. »

Gilberto Freye, Masters and Salves, 1933

The exhibition is based upon the various characteristics of Brazil: the forest, city, celebration, beach, football and music.

Each theme has its own musical atmosphere, and, at the end of the route, as a highlight, an original and unique visual and musical symphony.

The forest

When the first colonists reached the Brazilian coast, they found themselves face-to-face with a flamboyant, rich, perfumed and colourful natural habitat. Rio’s Atlantic forest was reminiscent of the Paradise Lost spoken of in some European texts, and which was associated with Brazil as early as the 13th century.

Rio is a 1,255-km2 city lapped by the Atlantic Ocean and nestled in between two bays, Guanabara and Sepetiba, with numerous islands, lakes and lagoons, the most famous being Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (2.4 km2) in the heart of the city and surrounded by the Ipanema and Leblon neighbourhoods and the Botanical Garden.

As Rio’s heart is big, there are two other green hearts that beat there: the Tijuca National Park, the home of the Corcovado mountain (with the statue of Christ the Redeemer) and the Pedra Branca Park. Both contain preserved ecosystems, giving them the name the Atlantic Forest – with birds, snakes and monkeys living among the creepers, orchids, bromeliads and ferns -, considered to contain the greatest biodiversity in the world.

If you do not understand the topography of Rio, you cannot understand the Cariocas (Rio inhabitants).

The city

On Fridays, the streets in the financial district are filled with tables and chairs, samba, sweat and beer, and a few fried sardines. And funk parties take over in the outskirts.

The cultural melting pot can be seen in every part of the city, where new rhythms are created day by day. Bodies move in new, reinvented ways.

The suburbs are the beating heart of Rio – here is where new funk rhythms are experimented, translating all the influences that have shaped Brazilian culture. The body, through dance, music and street sport, takes over the city, invading it and using it as a backdrop for its creations.

More than a style of music, funk is a whole culture, with its own clothing and language codes. In the 1990s, funk parties were particularly popular, blending social classes, like a spontaneous response to a city that was increasingly divided and trapped in apartment blocks under close surveillance. Funk revitalises the Cariocas, who face a demanding daily life.

Photo : Custodio Coimbra Photo : Custodio Coimbra


Celebrations are markers of the rhythm of the city of Rio: the Carnival, New Year in Copacabana and the religious ceremonies that link Catholic worship with African influences.

Celebration is also a key to understanding the Brazilian identity. A moment of merging between people, regardless of their colour, geographical origin and social class.

During the Carnival, the air seems to be less dense, as if another season has arrived and modified the landscape, more specifically the human landscape. Monsters walk the streets and people greet them. Skeletons take the metro, unveiling their masks and bones. Everyone joins in, and everyone smiles! It’s the period when people come out from inside their shells, putting aside their fear and pride. The streets are filled with colour, bodies are bared in the heat, and everyone, in one voice, sings the famous marchinhas behind the Carnival groups – the same songs year after year, some for nearly a whole century.

The Samba rhythm that accompanies the Carnival is also a mixed-race one, coming from the blending of sounds that arrived from Europe and the chants of the African slaves.

Photo : Custodio Coimbra Photo : Custodio Coimbra

The beach

The beach is the epicentre of Rio life, a place where people live and make contact with each other. Here, the body finds a place to express itself through sport (beach volleyball, foot-volleyball) and by exposing itself to the sun. The beach is also the place to listen to Brazilian Portuguese, a rounded, gentle, blended, singing language that reflects the spirit of the Brazilians and their taste for musicality that extends to their movements.

The Cariocas divide their days into "beach days" and "non-beach days". The vast stretches of sand are filled with people, basking in the joyful voices of the walking vendors which blend with the sounds of the sea. Here, the language is gentler, free of daily chores. It can be expressed without a rush or a deadline.

The beach is a perfect reflection of the fundamental aspects of the Carioca culture: its corporal music, its relationship dissociated from time, its sunny soul, the heat of its intimacy, its gentle way of singing when speaking and speaking when singing.

The bossa nova rhythm, gentle and whispered, mixed with the sounds that animate the beach, set the tone of this theme.

Photo : Custodio Coimbra Photo : Custodio Coimbra
The beach


In Brazil, football is omnipresent: on the beach, in the stadiums, in the favelas. It sums up all the traits that mark the Brazilian identity.

In football, you find the taste for roundness, for dodging, dance, acrobatics and rhythm – it is the product of a blending that has given birth to a blending of influences, whose mix has created a unique style, which characterises this sport in the eyes of the whole world.

Having initially been rectilinear when it arrived from England, football has become more sinuous, more rhythmical through the contact between mixed-race bodies, revealing a tempo, movement and balance also based on capoeira and samba.

Any object with any sort of spherical shape is transformed into a ball, and improvised football pitches (peladas) spring up in streets or empty areas.

Football fills stadiums and turns people into stars, demi-gods whose prowess feeds people’s imaginations. With Pelé and Garrincha, it even became a type of art.

It is also a place of democracy, where the whole country’s inhabitants, whatever their origin, are equal.

In Brazil, the World Cup is anticipated as the greatest event, as if the fate of the nation depended on the result of each match. The echoes of the World Cup defeat in 1950 in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio still weigh on the collective imagination. The victories in 1958 and 1970 still inspire awe. People’s identification with football is so deep that the Seleção (Brazilian team) brings the country together in a rare feeling of union.

Photo : Ivo Gonzalez Photo : Ivo Gonzalez


Rio de Janeiro is a microcosm of Brazil; all the rhythms of the country can be found here. A 360-degree film and a bewitching soundtrack will encourage you to dance before you leave the exhibition.

Photo : Ivo Gonzalez Photo : Ivo Gonzalez

The exhibition photographers

These photographers, either native to or lovers of Rio, were chosen for the scenography to open the visitor’s eye to the rhythm of the body, and the culture that characterises the city of the cariocas.

Custódio Coimbra has produced more than 300,000 shots of Rio. There is not a single mangrove, slope, mountain top, lake or beach in this photographic fresco that has not been recorded with the photographer’s loving eye. He is even able to transform photos into real mirages!

Cláudio Edinger lives in the São Paulo megalopolis and is crazy about the carioca beach and the strange things people do there . He captures them in out-of-focus and enigmatic images, which have only the centre in focus, as if the artist were dressing the bodies only with light, revealing their “indigenous” nakedness.

Adenor Gondim comes from the region of Bahia, the epicentre of Brazil’s mixed-race origins, where Africa meets Europe, and where Brazil is even more “Brazilian”: slick, impactful, physical. It was the Bahia drum that led to the invention of carioca samba.

Ivo Gonzalez is a local photographer with 26 years of experience in photography. He worked for O Globo, one of the biggest newspapers in Brazil, for 25 years. During this period he specialised in sports photography and had the opportunity to cover five Olympic Games and seven World Cups, among many other sports events. He is now working as the Photo Chief for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Born in Düsseldorf, Claus Meyer lived in Rio de Janeiro for 30 years, where he was a partner of Tyba Photographic Agency and representative of Black Star Agency. In 1981, he won the Nikon International Grand Prize, and in 1983 the Gold Medal at the International Exposition of Photographers of Japan. His work was published in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Elle and the series of books “A Day in the Life”. He took part in Cousteau’s scientific expedition to the Amazon. Meyer was the photographer for most of the books published by Edições Alumbramento: Atlantic Rain Forest, Cerrado, Caatinga, Amazonia and Brasil Flora Fauna.

Claus Meyer on and

(Lagothrix lagotricha) - Macaco Barrigudo - Amazônia - Brasil

Rogério Reis is the king of Rio’s suburban zones and favelas: an authentic journalist who seeks to capture reality at its most raw, as it is, reflecting the people, liberating the body to the spirit of the carnival, where even beggars can be kings!

Brazilian Artists

The works by these artists are presented at The Museum in the framework of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games programme.

These artists, most of them born in Rio, represent part of the contemporary Carioca art scene. Their works have been chosen because they express both the transforming power inherent to Rio and the harmonious diversity created by the mixing of cultures.

Demonstrations and activities

Celebrate the Olympic Games Rio 2016 at TOM - free entry!

It’s impossible to imagine a programme on Rio, the Games, the city, Brazil and its culture, etc. without music, samba, percussion, capoeira and tasting food, to name but a few...

From February to July 2016, five highlights while we wait for the Games:


Launch of the "Destination Rio" programme to the rhythm of the Rio Carnival


PâKOMUZé [Easter at The Museum]: Awareness programme on animal and environmental protection in Brazil

April - May

Animations celebrating the lighting of the flame


Screenings, workshop of capoeira and final of the European Capoeira Championships

August (5-21)

The Games on the big screen, from the spectacle of the Opening Ceremony to the emotions of the competitions

N.B. The programme is being finalised and may be subject to some modifications between now and the date of the events announced.



Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February 2016 at TOM café from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

« Octavio Liochi » (bossa nova)

Screening of the film « Maria Bethânia, Música é perfume » by Georges Gachot, in the presence of the director

Saturday 13 February 2016 in the Auditorium from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (free entry)

Dive into the universe of Brazilian music, guided by Maria Bethânia, the most famous of Brazilian singers. A great opportunity to understand, from the inside, the history of her country’s music. Maria Bethânia retraces her musical journey, echoing the evolution of Brazilian society and its music. By her side, Georges Gachot has brought together a dream collection of artists: Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Nana Caymmi and Miucha, all participants in and witnesses to one of the most rich histories of music of our time.

« The Rio Carnival for Dummies », a rendezvous with the Estação Primeira de Mangueira samba school and Brazilian journalist Denise Barra Devillaire as moderator.

Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February 2016 in the "Galerie" from 3 to 4 p.m. (free entry)

An hour of exchanges, to find out all there is to know about Rio’s biggest annual event. Beyond the feathers and glitter, understand how a samba school operates, its social engagement and its importance for the Carioca communities.

Estação Primeira de Mangueira school samba workshop for the public

Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February 2016 in the "Galerie" from 4 to 5 p.m. (free entry)

Screening of the film « O Samba » by Georges Gachot in the presence of the director

Sunday 14 February 2016 in the Auditorium from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (free entry)

When you think of Brazil, one of the first things that springs to mind, alongside football and beautiful women, is samba. This film sets out to go beyond these clichés and take samba at face value, for what it is. And thus to discover that samba is not only a question of dance and a few sensual wiggles. It is also words, language, text and poetry, or, to put it better, a way of life. Composer and singer Martinho da Vila is our charismatic guide: he leads us into the world of samba, tells us stories about his 45-year career, and reveals to us his samba school in Rio de Janeiro.



Friday 25 March at TOM café from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

« Ademir Cândido » (Choros)


Saturday 26 March at TOM café from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

« Philippe Baden Powell » (Bossa nova, MPB, jazz)


Sunday 27 March at TOM café from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

« Anissa Damali » (Afro-Brazilian jazz)


Monday 28 March at the TOM Café from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

« Mondésir » (Samba pagode)

Bichos do Brasil puppet show by the Compania Pia Fraus

From 25 to 28 March in the Auditorium at 4 p.m. (free entry)

A mixture of puppets and music to discover Brazil’s animals and become aware of the importance of environmental protection.

PâkomuZé (Easter at The Museum) programme at TOM

From 29 March to 9 April 2016

Programme’s details

April - May

Screening of the film « The Boy and the World » by Alê Abreu (2014)

Saturday 30 April 2016 in the Auditorium from 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (free entry, original version with French subtitles)

Seeking his father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantasy world dominated by animal-machines and strange creature. A lyrical and dreamlike journey brilliantly illustrating the problems of the modern world.

This film won the Cristal feature film award and the audience award at the 2014 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Oscar in 2016 in the “Best Animated Feature” category.

Screening of the film « The violin teacher » by Sergio Machado (2015)

Sunday 1 May 2016 in the Auditorium from 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (free entry, original version with French subtitles)

Promising musician Laerte starts to panic during an audition for a place in the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. He thus misses his opportunity to work in Latin America’s largest symphony orchestra. Frustrated, he leaves to become a teacher in the Heliopolis slum. In this school, surrounded by poverty and violence, he finds his passion for music once again and ends up transmitting it to his young students.

Inspired by the true story of the creation of the Heliopolis Symphony Orchestra, the film tells the touching story of a musician and his student who saw their lives transformed by music.

Olympic Flame special

Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free entry)

Screenings, short and lively tours of the exhibitions accompanied by the mascot Vinicius, and workshops to mark the passage of the Olympic flame through Lausanne, Olympic Capital, on its journey from Olympia to Brazil.


Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2016 in the TOM Café from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

« Jurandir Santana » and « Gabriel Grossi » (MPB-pop music)


Saturday 30 April in the Art Lounge from 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. (free entry)

A tribute to Vinicius de Moraes by Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum.

Vinicius de Moraes is a key figure in contemporary Brazilian music. As a poet, he wrote the words of numerous songs that have become classics. He is also the co-author of more than 400 songs, including a few jazz standards and a number of traditional Brazilian songs. A very dynamic character who encouraged many artists to get involved in quality popular songs, his name, Vinicius, has been given to the mascot of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum were members of the Nova Banda with Tom Jobim for 10 years.


Sunday 1 May in the Art Lounge from 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. (free entry)

Tribute to Tom Jobim by Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum.

Tom Jobim is the Brazilian musician who co-founded the bossa nova style. He composed a number of songs that remain both classics of Brazilian popular music and jazz standards. The mascot of the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 was named in his honour.


Screening of the film « The battle of the Passinho » (2013)

Saturday 9 July 2016 in the Auditorium from 10.30 to 11.45 a.m. (free entry)

A documentary by Emilio Domingos which shows a new way of dancing funk, born in the Rio favelas, a veritable phenomenon that has become urban culture.

Workshop of capoeira with Mestre Papa from Bahia

Saturday, 9 Julyt 2016 from 3 p.m. to 3 :45 p.m., from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., from 5 5:45 p.m. (free entry, adults and children aged 6 and above)

A fun introduction to the basic movements of capoeira and the philosophy of this typically Brazilian combat sport.

Screening of the film “Samba Ladies” by Susanna Lira (2014 / 75 min. / VOSTFR)

Sunday 10 July 2016 in the Auditorium from 10.30 to 11.45 a.m. (free entry)

A unique look at the role of women in samba. Damas do Samba recalls how central their influence is to the construction of this key Brazilian rhythm, a real instrument of socio-cultural resistance.

Final of the European Capoeira Championships

Sunday 10 July 2016, on the Museum forecourt and in the Art Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. (free entry)

Declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2014, Samba de Roda highlights all aspects of capoeira: martial with the combats, artistic with the floreis (acrobatics), as well as music and singing to the rhythm of the berimbau. A veritable spectacle in a warm, festive atmosphere that fills you with energy.

Final of the Championships with the best capoeiristas on the planet, and award ceremony.

Photo : Daniel Moreira



Friday 5 August 2016 from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. - Auditorium and TOM café (free entry)

Experience the Games Opening Ceremony on the big screen, and enjoy speciality Brazilian nibbles, concerts and much more.

More info

Rio 2016 / Mathilde Molla

Broadcast of the competitions on the big screen

From 6 to 21 August 2016 - Auditorium and TOM café (free entry)

Programme’s details

Rio 2016 / Alex Ferro