5 Museums to Visit in Sao Paulo

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

This contemporary and modern looking museum is located on the main avenue of Sao Paulo – Avenida Paulista. It includes works by Renaissance masters from the 20th century, such as Rubens, Vekasquez, Titian, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir and others. What’s neat about this museum is it has English translations on all the artwork, so it can easily be followed by most visitors and the art is also painstakingly displayed in chronological order. The museum is free on Tuesdays, and on Sundays it has a unique antiques market below the museum you can visit.

Museu Afro-Brasil

This is a relatively newer museum in Sao Paulo, located in Ibirapuera Park in a building designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. Brazil at one point in history sought more slaves from Africa than any other country in the world, contributing to almost have the population being of some African origin. The collection at the museum shows the history of Afro-Brazilian culture and slavery in Brazil, including the connection between African culture and Brazilian culture. I also exhibits some pieces from other African cultures in Latin America. You can see photos and artifacts of slave life, pieces from Candomblé and other African-influenced religions in Brazil, and a collection of Afro-Brazilian handicrafts and contemporary art.

Museu de Futebol

Soccer is an incredibly important part of Brazil’s history and culture. This museum, dedicated to celebrating the sport’s importance in Brazil, is housed in one of the city’s largest stadiums. It spans 3 floors and will appeal to the biggest soccer fans. It features old posters, photos, interactive exhibits, and focuses largely on World Cup and Brazilian soccer stars. There is also a great gift shop and cafe within the museum. Admission is only $3 a person.

Ipiranga Museum

This is a simply beautiful museum, both in its architecture and its landscaping. It’s one of the largest museums in Brazil and was built in 1895. It holds within its walls old maps, photos, paintings, furniture, and other items. Admission is only $1, and is open from Tuesday thru Sunday each week.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Located in the city center, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is the oldest museum in Sao Paulo. It has a collection of mostly paintings that represent the history of Brazil. There is also a collection of 19th century French sculpture, though also. There is also a wonderful cafe in the lower part of the museum where you can get a snack, some coffee, and view the current photo exhibit. The Parque da Luz is also adjacent to the museum and provides some great views of the colored glass windows of the museum. Admission on Saturday’s is free, other days is only $3.