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Arts & Museums
The Museu Câmara Cascudo is a unit under the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Founded in 1960, the institution was originally set up as the Institute of Anthropology. The museum is a anthropological research center that works to preserve and teach the science. There are also reconstructed sites of excavations, such as the Look D'Stair cave site, where scientists found fossils and other remains, and the Peak Cabugi geology site. Pre-historic and medieval artwork, tools, equipments and much more also find a place here at the museum. Besides the regular exhibits, the museum conducts regular workshops, educational sessions for schools and large groups.
Tucked away in a quiet little street in Cidade Alta, Igreja de Santo Antônio is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. Also known as Igreja do Galo, the beautiful edifice was built in 1766 and features stunning Baroque elements. Besides the ornate facade, the church interiors also feature beautiful architectural details, in a fairly well-preserved state. Visitors can also check out stunning religious art from the time at the Museu de Arte Sacra, housed within the church building.
Museu de Arte Sacra is located in the beautiful Igreja de Santo Antônio and was founded in 1988. The focus of this museum is to obtain, identify and exhibit historic religious art works from the 17th to the 20th Centuries. It showcases many precious paintings, idols, furniture, silverware, jewelery and tools used for Catholic ceremonies. Featuring three rooms, it is a great place for those interested in religious art.
Located near the Espaço Cultural Palácio Potengi, the Instituto Histórico e Geográfico do Rio Grande do Norte gives a glimpse of what the city looked like in the years gone by. Containing the oldest archive data of the city in the form of newspapers, magazines and photographs, it takes you through a cultural and historical journey of Natal's bygone eras. You will surely like this place if you are a history enthusiast.
This heritage building was built in the early 18th Century and is also known as Bridal Veil and Sobradinho due to its steep sloping roof. It was the first of its kind as a private property in the city at that time. It was for a time the base of the Band of Music and the Union of Workers till it was bought by the state government in 1960. From 1965-1978, it was the Museum of Art and History of Rio Grande do Norte. Since 1979 it has been known as Cafe Filho Museum and contains illustrative collections of the late president Café Filho such as his campaign records, travel photos, home furnishing and private library.
An eye-catching edifice in Cidade Alta, Espaço Cultural Palácio Potengi sports a majestic facade, and is one of the architectural gems of the city. Built in 1873, the regal building served as the headquarters of the government offices of the region. Today, the building houses the Pinacoteca do Estado, a cultural space hosting numerous exhibitions and activities related to art and culture in the city.
Housed in a former 1960s bus station, Museu de Cultura Popular Djalma Maranhão opened in 2008. It offers a glimpse into the beautiful culture of Natal where folk art is celebrated. From handicrafts, books, costumes to ceramics and craft works, the museum is a vibrant place with its permanent and temporary exhibits. The annotations in the gallery help in understanding the tradition of the state and city, where folk culture and religious art are highly regarded.