Niterói, Brazil: Close encounters, Rio-style
Some people go to museums for the art. Some for the gift shop. Go to this museum, though, for the building itself.
Designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (who's now a centenarian) and opened in 1996, the Niterói, which showcases contemporary art from that country, is unforgettable.
Sited on a promontory overlooking Rio, this spaceship-of-a-building—dramatic, elegant, other-worldly—would steal the show from da Vinci himself.
Even if the art doesn't stand a chance, it's well worth the 20-minute ferry ride from central Rio to experience Niemeyer's vision and the views from within.