By Pedro Souza
October 2nd, 2016
Being the largest city in Brazil, São Paulo is a hotbed of cultural activity. People will find there a plethora of concerts, theaters, museums and much more. Below, we have compiled a list of 5 museums to visit in São Paulo for your enjoyment.
1. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
Founded in 1905 with an array of only 26 works of art, the Pinacoteca is considered the oldest art museum of São Paulo. Nowadays, the museum has more than 9,000 works of art, documenting Brazilian art production from the 19th century until today. It is divided in many spaces such as the “Estação Pinacoteca”, which hold shows of contemporary art and houses the Walter Wei library. Another interesting space is the resistance memorial, which is located on the ground floor and dedicated to preserving the memory of the repression suffered by the population during the times of the military dictatorship. The Pinacoteca also holds many exhibitions, which can be followed in the museum’s official website.
2. Museu de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Museum)
This museum is located in the heart of Ibirapuera, the largest city park in São Paulo. Within it, one can find art galleries, a library, an auditory and a shop. With a beautiful collection of more than 5.000 works of art from artists such as Di Cavalcanti and Picasso, the Museu de Arte Moderna is definitely worth a visit. If you plan to go there, take your time and enjoy the park as well, which has many other attractions.
3. Museu do Futebol (Soccer’s museum)
Of course there is a soccer museum on this list! Located in the Pacaembu stadium, this museum documents the history of soccer and pays a tribute to it. Inside the museum, one can learn about the history of soccer, its players, narrators and Judges, as well as practicing a “virtual kick”. Known for being highly technological and interactive, this one is a must-visit for soccer fans.
4. Museu da Imagem e do Som (Museum of Sound and Image)
Located in the neighborhood of Jardins, the “MIS” is one of the most acclaimed museums in São Paulo. It was founded in 1970 as a result of a project devised by Brazilian intellectuals that wanted to create an institution willing to explore new forms of media. Nowadays, it has become a reference for studies in audio-visual production, as well as a center for artistic diffusion. With a collection of more than 350,000 entries including films, video records, photographs and graphic design, this is definitely a place worth the visit.
5. Museu de Arte de São Paulo (Art Museum of São Paulo)
Known simply as MASP, this museum is one of the symbols of the city of São Paulo. Home to the works of artists such as Remembrant, Boticelli, Renoir and Manet, it holds one of the most important art collections in South America. Not only are the exhibitions excellent, but the architecture of the building design by the Italian Lina Bo Bardi is fascinating as well. For art enthusiasts, this museum is definitely a must.