Being one of the biggest cities in the world, Sao Paulo offers a large number of great museums that host exhibitions featuring information about all kinds of 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 an important junction to contemplate over European art. This two-storey building exhibits a permanent display on the top floor dedicated to Dutch, French, and English artists. Every Sunday from 10am - 5pm, 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 which include oil paintings, drawings, illustrations, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, and tapestries. This major museum of Latin America specializes in 20th-century Western civilization art and offers systematic exhibitions and optional graduation and specialization 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 artifacts that used to perform crimes and a number of conserved cadavers 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. On display are woodcarvings, terra-cotta masks, and jewelry, chalices, and crosses, sculptures used to adorn the church or found in Catholic services from the 17th century. These objects are a representation of the baroque and rococo art found mostly in the Bahia or Minas Gerais district of Brazil. This spiritual place also includes a miniature village, Presepio Napolitano where 1,600 hand-painted figurines signify the life of an 18th-century Neapolitan village.
Address: Av.Tiradentes, 676 Bairro da Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo is an excellent place to study and understand Brazilian art by renowned artists such as Rodin, Tarsila do Amaral, and Cândido Portinari. Built-in 1905, the building was renovated in 1998 to replace the inside walls with a latticework of glass and open spaces connected by a sequence of catwalks. The place bursts with works by some of the best Brazilian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The precincts also include a restaurant.
Address: Praca da Luz, 2 - Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Lasar Segall Art Museum:
Exhibitions with a collection of about 3000 original works by Segall can be seen in the Lasar Segall Art Museum of Sao Paulo. The collection 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 that was 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.
Immigration Museum (Museu da Imigracao): (Visit)
This museum hosts a permanent collection of furniture, documents, and photographs as well as offering 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, its own 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 set in a renovated historical railway station. It displays permanent multimedia exhibitions on the history and use of the Portuguese language.
Address: Praca da Luz, Sao Paulo, Brazil.