Being the art centre of Brazil, Sao Paulo offers numerous museums and cultural centres with architecture, and historical importance. Many museums host various exhibitions related to art, culture and workshops on different subjects.
Museum of Art of Sao Paulo (MASP): (Visit)
There could not be a fitting place to display Brazilian art than the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), located in the precincts of Ibirapuera Park. The museum's collection features over 7,000 art pieces by distinguished artists such as Van Gogh, Renoir, Delacroix, Cézanne, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Degas. The centre is also a critical junction to contemplate European art. This two-storey building exhibits a permanent display on the top floor dedicated to Dutch, French, and English artists. Every Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm, and the courtyard is the venue for antique fairs exhibiting a wide range of items.
Address: Av Paulista, 1578, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC): (Visit)
MAC (Museu de Arte Contemporanea) is home to the most important collections of contemporary art. It displays more than 5,000 artworks, including oil paintings, drawings, illustrations, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, and tapestries. This major museum of Latin America specialises in 20th-century Western civilisation art and offers systematic exhibitions and optional graduation and specialisation courses, workshop activities, and guided tours.
Address: Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral, 1301 Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Crime Museum (Museu do Crime):
The museum hosts exhibitions of artefacts used to perform crimes and several conserved corpses and body parts.
Address: Av. Casper Libero, 535 - Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Museum of Coffee (Museu do Cafe): (Visit)
The museum displays the artwork of Benedito Calixto. There is also a room for temporary exhibitions. A book store, a library, a file, a collection, and a coffee preparation centre are also part of the museum.
Address: Rua XV de Novembro, 95 Centro, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM): (Visit)
Modern and contemporary artists such as Alfredo Volpi and Ligia Clark are a part of the permanent exhibitions at the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) located in Ibirapuera Park. There are also temporary exhibitions where new artists get to display their spark. With more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, and artwork on display, MAM is a haven for art connoisseurs and collectors. Surrounding the museum is a garden featuring sculptures by Brazilian artists.
Address: Parque do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Museum of Sacred Art (Museu de Arte Sacra): (Visit)
Museu de Arte Sacra is a museum dedicated to objects and art of religious significance. Housed in the carefully conserved 18th century Mosteiro da Luz monastery, the museum exhibits more than 4,000 pieces of sacred art. Display includes works by many notable artists like Agostinho de Jesus, Valentim da Fonseca e Silva, Aleijadinho, Agostinho da Piedade etc.
Address: Av.Tiradentes, 676 Bairro da Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, one of Brazil's most important art museums and is the oldest art museum in São Paulo, was founded on December 24, 1905. It houses art by renowned artists such as Rodin, Tarsila do Amaral, and Cândido Portinari. It was renovated in 1990's under the supervision and concepts of Brazil's renowned architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
Address: Praca da Luz, 2 - Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Lasar Segall Art Museum:
The Lasar Segall Art Museum has a collection of about 3000 original works by Segall. It comprises paintings on canvas and paper, engravings, drawings, sculptures, and his personal and photographic archive.
Address: Rua Berta, 111 Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Located in Ibirapuera Park, the museum offers fantastic weekly exhibitions and several international seasonal exhibitions as well.
Address: Ibirapuera Park, Pedro Alvares Cabral, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Museu Paulista is the first monument built to tribute and preserve the memories of the Independence of Brazil. It showcases around 100,000 pieces. The exhibition comprises works of art, furniture, clothing and appliances that once belonged to famous historical people such as explorers and emperors.
Address: Parque da Independencia, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Immigration Museum (Museu da Imigracao): (Visit)
This museum hosts a permanent collection of furniture, documents, and photographs and offers temporary exhibitions related to particular aspects of immigration history. The main building is a major attraction of the Immigration Museum. It also has vast dormitories, rail siding, and a platform for unloading immigrants and their baggage.
Address: Rua Visconde de Parnaiba, 1316 Mooca, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Portuguese Language Museum (Museu da Lingua Portuguesa): (Visit)
The museum is in a renovated historic railway station. It displays permanent multimedia exhibitions on the history and use of the Portuguese language.
Address: Praca da Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.