Must-see museums in Brazil

Get to know some of the famous worldwide Brazilian museums that you must visit.

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Brazil is rich in cultural diversity. It is possible to find places that tell details of the Brazilian history in every corner of the country. Here are some of the most visited museums and where they are:

Ricardo Brennand Institute, in Recife (PE)

Ricardo Brennand Institute is in Recife, capital of Pernambuco (PE). In a worldwide survey on the best museums, it led the top of the list and is considered the most well-structured in Brazil. Located in Várzea neighborhood, it is a replica of a medieval castle. This place has the largest collection of blade weapons in the world, with more than 3,000 pieces. The art gallery has an exhibition hall with capacity for two simultaneous exhibitions and has high-tech equipment. The external area has a beautiful garden full of green, ideal to spend a day of rest.

Inhotim, in Brumadinho (MG)

In Brumadinho, 60 km away from Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas Gerais (MG), you will get to know Inhotim Institute. This museum has a collection of contemporary art with works by artists from all over the world, such as Cildo Meireles, Adriana Varejão, Doug Aitken, Chris Burden, Cristina Iglesias, Helio Oiticica, Vik Muniz and Tunga. It is an open air museum with 110 acres of garden with several botanical species, artificial lakes and galleries with sculptures, paintings and installations.

Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba (PR)

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum is in Curitiba city, capital of the State of Paraná. It has approximately 4,000 pieces, with works by Tarsila do Amaral, Candido Portinari, Oscar Niemeyer, Ianelli e Caribé, among others. It constantly receives national and international exhibitions.

Imperial Museum in Petrópolis (RJ)

The Imperial Museum is located in the mountainous region of the State of Rio de Janeiro, in Petrópolis. The building was built between 1845 and 1864 to serve as a summer palace for the Brazilian Emperor D. Pedro II. Years after the proclamation of the Republic, the palace was turned into a museum, with a huge collection of pieces that refer to the monarchy.

Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), in São Paulo (SP)

MASP is a postcard of São Paulo, in the State with the same name. The building was designed by the architect Lina Bo Bardi and the collection has approximately 8,000 pieces, including works by Turner, Degas, Modigliani, Botticelli, Van Gogh, Picasso, Ernst, Chagall, Dali and others. One of its greatest icons is the “Pink and Blue” painting by Renoir.

Science and Technology Museum - PUCRS in Porto Alegre (RS)

The Science and Technology Museum of Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) is in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul State. It has a large permanent exhibition area that houses more than 800 interactive experiments. The aim is to awaken the scientific spirit of the visitors, with important and interesting information in the fields of archaeology, biodiversity, botany, paleontology and zoology.

National Museum of Fine Art, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

The National Museum of Fine Arts is located in Rio de Janeiro and is one of the most important museums of this kind in Brazil. Its collection has works of modern, contemporary and 19th-century arts. The building of eclectic architecture draws the attention of visitors.