There are several cultural options in São Paulo: its museums are for sure a very popular alternative for tourists. The cultural heritage of these museums is very strong and they give their visitors the opportunity to be face to face with worldwide known artistic masterpieces, historical objects, and many other artifacts. We give you ahead some suggestions of museums that can be visited in São Paulo.
(1) Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (Pinacotheca of the State of São Paulo)
The Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo was founded in 1905 and it is the oldest art museum in the city of São Paulo. In the very beginning, the museum owned only 26 masterpieces; nowadays it owns approximately 9 thousand objects representing the Brazilian culture from the 19th century to the present days. Besides the permanent exhibition on the second floor, there are several temporary exhibitions occurring periodically in the museum, which allows visitors to see worldwide known masterpieces.
Address:Praça da Luz, 2
Telephone: +55 11 33354990
(2) Museu de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum)
The Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo is located at Ibirapuera Park and covers more than five thousand masterpieces of very important artists, such as Anita Malfatti, Di Cavalcante and Pablo Picasso. In the museum area, one can find several galleries, workshops, one library, and one auditorium.
Address:Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral, Portão 3
Telephone: +55 11 50851300
(3) Museu do Futebol (Soccer Museum)
Brazil’s most popular sport now has its own museum, known as Museu do Futebol. Located at the Pacaembu Stadium, the museum shows the history of soccer in the country and some curiosities regarding the sport itself, narrators, and players. It is one of the most high-tech museums in the city of São Paulo, since it allows visitors to interact in virtual environments.
Address: Praça Charles Miller, s/nº, Estádio do Pacaembu
Telephone: +55 11 3664-3848
(4) Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Portuguese Language Museum)
The Museu da Língua Portuguesa is located at the Luz Train Station. The museum was opened in 2006 and demonstrates the history of the Portuguese language, as well as its evolution. It allows visitors to have new experiences with Portuguese words, while getting in touch with important authors and relevant literary works that represent the Brazilian literature and poetry. The museum has a timeline that shows the history of the language and games that stimulate the creation of new words while displaying videos that show the different accents found in the distinct regions of the country.
Address: Praça da Luz, s/n
Telephone: +55 11 3326-0775
(5) Catavento Cultural e Educacional (Educational and Cultural Windmill)
The Catavento Cultural e Educacional is one of the most visited museums in São Paulo and has several technological objects for exhibition, such as the Douglas DC-3, a fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner used during the World War II.
Address: Praça Cívica Ulisses Guimarães, s/nº, Palácio das Indústrias
Telephone: +55 11 3315-0051
(6) Museu da Imagem e do Som (Museum of Sound and Image)
The purpose of the Museu da Imagem e do Som is to register and preserve all images and sounds recorded in the past and in the present in order to analyze the daily Brazilian life based on human, social and cultural aspects.
Address: Avenida Europa, 158 – Jardim Europa
Telephone: +55 11 2117-4777
(7) Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo Museum of Art)
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand covers the most important art collection of the Global South. The museum counts on permanent exhibitions of famous global artists and is considered the most important museum of São Paulo. With its prominent architecture, the museum became one of the main symbols of the city.
Address: Avenida Paulista, 1578
Telephone: +55 11 3251-5644
(8) Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Museum of Contemporary Art)
The Museu of Arte Contemporânea, also known as MAC, is considered very relevant throughout Latin America due to the collection of ten thousand archives regarding contemporary and modern art. The museum is run by the University of São Paulo and covers, besides a permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions of important global artists. The museum has two units: one at the Ibirapuera Park and the other one on the Campus of the University of São Paulo.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea. Photo: Promotion.
Unit MAC USP Cidade Universitária
Address: End.: R. da Praça do Relógio, 160 – Cidade Universitária
Opening hours: Tuesdays – Thursdays from 10am until 8pm; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays from 10am until 4pm. Closed on Mondays.
Telephone: +55 11 3091-3039
Unit MAC USP Ibirapuera
Address: Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, 3° piso – Parque Ibirapuera
Opening hours: Tuesdays – Sundays from 10am until 6pm. Closed on Mondays.
Telephone: +55 11 5573-9932