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Arts & Museums
Located on the campus of Universidade de São Paulo, Estação Ciência is a fun way to learn about science. Children and adults alike will enjoy the interactive exhibits, designed to pique curiosity, while also being informative. The expansive museum is one of the most popular on the campus, with a large volume of visitors every year. Volunteers and students are on hand to answer any questions about the exhibits, that visitors might have. Check website for more.
This museum, located in the heart of the city in Ibirapuera Parque, is a great place to go to see beautiful and thought-provoking art. Whether you are going to spend an afternoon alone or taking the whole family, there is sure to be something for all to take away.
Instituto Tomie Ohtake's red and black striped tower rises from the Pinheiros district, beckoning residents and travelers to explore a gallery that extensively covers Brazilian art from 1950 onwards. Named for artist Tomie Ohtake, the museum speaks to many of the pop cultural and political moments that have shaped the area's art scene over the post-modern era. Consisting of seven rooms spread across two floors, the gallery is part of a massive complex that houses lecture halls, an education center and four studios among other dedicated spaces for art and art history exploration.
For all you football fans, Sao Paulo has a museum just for you. Football is a very integrated part of the Brazilian culture, and the Museu do Futebol (Museum of Football) was founded to retain, as well as promote, the cultural value of football. Exhibitions, cultural shows, lectures, movie screenings and everything else related to football is showcased here. If you are a Ronaldino or Romário deSouza Faria fan, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about them in detail. For information on upcoming events, visit their website.
Opened in 1961, the Museu de Arte Brasileira (The Museum of Art) was set up to give contemporary Brazilian art popularity. It solely promotes over 2000 pieces of artworks, most of them by local artist. The collections on display here include paintings, artifacts, furniture, and works of artists such as Bruno Giorgi, Lasar Segall and Candido Portinari. A great place to learn about the rich historic culture of Brazil and its people. A visit to the Museum of Brazilian Art is sure to leave you impressed. Guided tours are also available, contact the museum or check their website for more information.
Located within the beautiful Estacao Pinacoteca, Memorial da Resistência de São Paulo traces the country's tumultuous period of military regime that began in the late 19th Century. Through historic documents and artifacts that showcase prominent events during the period, the museum aims to spread awareness of this political period in the country's history. The museum has numerous educational activities for those keen to know about the events in detail. There's a regular program of cultural activities as well.
Housed inside the left wing of Mosteiro da Luz, the Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo is a prime institution dedicated to preservation and exhibition of objects related to the scared art. The Mosteiro da Luz, an 18th Century colonial building, can be observed for its well-preserved elements and structure and also with respect to the fact that it has been listed as architectural monument of national interest. Since the installation of the museum in 1970, it has been host to more than 4000 collection of images, sculptures, silverware, oratories and paintings that were collected from the interior of the churches that were demolished in Sao Paulo. The Museu dos Presépios inside the museum is a section which showcases 120 specimens of paintings depicting Presépio Napolitano. Besides, you can also find important and rare volumes of books from the colonial period that can be researched upon anytime of the day. Call or visit their website for more information.
The Museu da Língua Portuguesa is a museum where you get to learn about the national language of Brazil. The main objective of the museum is to educate people about the Portuguese language, its origins and how it is spoken in Brazil. There are interactive dioramas that will help you out with information and will also let you have fun at the same time. For further details, visit their website.
Housed within a Neo Classical building since 1905, this is one of the most important collections of art in São Paulo. The collection consists of over 5000 pieces that include paintings, sculptures, photographs and other objects. The Brazilian section features work by Almeida Júnior, Alfredo Volpi, Di Cavalcanti, Castagneto, Portinari and other renowned artists from the classical period to the modern. The building itself is an architectural landmark and was São Paulo's first art museum.
MuBE was founded in 1995 on 7000 square meters (75,300 square feet) of land successfully revived after a protest against the construction of a shopping center. Paulo Mendes da Rocha was the modern architectural force behind the concrete structure that punctuates a Roberto Burle Marx-designed landscape. The establishment leads to underground exhibition areas that feature a rotating schedule of established and emerging artists. The inaugural show saw 140 pieces of Victor Brecheret, while works by Candido Portinari, Sônia Ebling, Francisco Brennand and Ivald Granato have graced the space. Sculptures in bronze, stone, ceramic marble, iron and a host of media are showcased by way of geometric representations, graphic installations and three-dimensional art.
Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound) was founded in 1970 and gives an insight to the visitor about the impact of media on the world. Spread across 5,000 square meters (53,819.60 square feet), it has an impressive collection of images, film, records, tapes, music and videos. It also features documentaries and has monthly events such as concerts, festivals, exhibitions and more. It gives you a glimpse into the metamorphosis of the city's culture as well as changes that happened world-wide. Get to know the history, science and art of still and motion graphics with a visit.
The Museu da Casa Brasileira is a furniture museum. Their display pieces range from the 17th Century till the 21st Century, thus one can see the evolution of how people made their living spaces more comfortable over the years. They even have discussions or lectures based on architecture and design, where connoisseurs and enthusiasts get to exchange of ideas and views. To make the museum venue even more interesting there is a restaurant with a huge tree right in the middle of it, giving it a more tropical look. The museum is a definite must visit.