Visiting Museums and Cultural Centres in São Paulo
Art, archaeology, history, literature - find out how to make the most of the museums in São Paulo by metro...
São Paulo is home to a number of museums, art galleries and cultural centres featuring contemporary, modern, sacred and religious art and more. Opening hours can vary and are best checked with the local tourist office.
Many of the museums are situated a short walk from Metrô stops, allowing visitors to see São Paulo's cultural sights without taking the car, taxi or finding a parking space.
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Museums in São Paulo
Metrô Tiradentes: Metro Line 1 - Blue
Museu de Arte Sacra de São Paulo: Situated 110m from the Metrô Tiradentes, the Sacred Art Museum displays over 800 historic sacred objects from churches throughout Brazil. It also has regular exhibitions of modern religious art by Brazilian artists.
- Museu de Arte Sacra
At: Av. Tiradentes 676, Luz, Centro
Tel: (11) 3326 5393
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-18:30
Metrô Luz: Metro Line 1 - Blue, CPTM Line 7 - Ruby, CPTM Line 11 - Coral Express East, CPTM Line 10 - Turquoise
Pinacoteca do Estado: Situated 260m from the Metrô Luz, the Pinacoteca do Estado houses over 8,000 precious paintings and works of art. Famous Brazilian modern artists exhibit their works of art in a rotation of exhibitions throughout the year.
- Pinacoteca do Estado
At: Pca. Da Luz, 2, Bom Retiro, Centro
Tel: (11) 3324 1000
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:30
Estação Pinacoteca: Close to the Pinacoteca do Estado and 670m from the Metrô Luz is the Estação Pinacoteca. Huge gallery rooms display art in all its forms; paintings, sculptures and even short films. There is also a book and souvenir store and small cafeteria. The entrance ticket also allows entry into the Pinacoteca do Estado.
- Estação Pinacoteca
At: Lgo. Gen. Osorio, 66, Luz, Centro
Tel: (11) 3337 0185
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:30
Museu da Lingua Portuguesa: The Museum of Portuguese Language, situated 400m from Metrô Luz, houses permanent exhibition displays, multimedia projections and regular temporary shows featuring up and coming and famous Brazilian artists.
- Museu da Lingua Portuguesa
At: Pca. Da Luz, Bom Retiro, Centro
Tel: (11) 3326 0775
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00
Metrô Sé: Metro Line 1 - Blue, Metro Line 3 - Red
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil: Brazilian artists from every state in Brazil exhibit contemporary modern art at the CCBB, located 280m from the Metrô Sé.
Caixa Cultural: Cultural space, just 80m from the Metrô Sé station housing photographic exhibitions and art collections from international artists.
- Caixa Cultural
At: Praca da Sé 111, Centro
Tel: (11) 3321 4400
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-21:00
Metrô Vergueiro: Metro Line 1 - Blue
Centro Cultural São Paulo: This cultural centre housing 46,500 m2 of exhibition space is situated just 250m from the station and three stops from the Metrô Sé. The centre exhibits multidisciplinary art with up to four different artists exhibiting at any one time and also hosts workshops, theatre, dance and music programmes, courses and debates.
- Centro Cultural São Paulo
At: Rua Vergueiro 1000, Liberdade, Centro
Tel: (11) 3397 4002
Open: Tuesday to Friday 10:00-20:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Metrô Santa Cruz: Metro Line 1 - Blue
Museu Lasar Segall: From Metrô Vergueiro travel four more stops along the blue line to Metrô Santa Cruz. 570m from the station is an old residential building, housing a permanent exhibition presenting the works of Lasar Segall. The famous European poet created many fine works of art in São Paulo in the early 20th century.
- Museu Lasar Segall
At: Rua Berta 111, Vila Mariana, south region
Tel: (11) 5574 7322
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 14:00-19:00, Sunday 14:00-18:00
Metrô Consolação: Metro Line 2 - Green
Caixa Cultural (Galeria Paulista): 120m from the Metro Consolação is another Caixa Cultural, better known as Galeria Paulista. The cultural space is made up of a ground floor and a mezzanine level, displaying photographic exhibitions and art collections from international artists.
- Caixa Cultural
At: Av. Paulista 2083, Bela Vista, Centro
Tel: (11) 3321 4400
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 09:00-21:00, Sunday 10:00-21:00
Metrô Trianon-Masp: Metro Line 2 - Green
Museu de Arte de São Paulo: One of Sao Paulo's main tourist attractions is the Museum of Art. Situated 360m from the Trianon-Masp Metrô station, the building, designed by the architect Lina Bo Bardi, is mounted on giant red pillars. This fine-art museum houses the biggest collection of western art in Latin America, as well as paintings by Brazilian artists including Cândido Portinari.
- Museu de Arte de São Paulo
At: Av. Paulista 1578, Bela Vista, Centro
Tel: (11) 3251 5644
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-17:00, Thursdays until 19:00.
Espaço Cultural Banco Central: This cultural space 380m from the Metrô Trianon-Masp holds regular cultural exhibitions which include paintings, sculptures and photography.
- Espaço Cultural Banco Central
At: Av. Paulista 1804, Bela Vista, Centro
Tel: (11) 3491 6916
Open: Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00
Metrô Brigadeiro: Metro Line 2 - Green
Instituto Itaú Cultural: One stop away from Trianon-Masp, Metrô Brigadeiro is 310m from the Itaú Cultural center which displays permanent exhibitions of modern art and also houses a library, video library and Internet access point.
- Instituto Itaú Cultura
At: Av. Paulista, 149, Bela Vista, Centro
Tel: (11) 2168 1700
Open: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00-21:00, weekends and public holidays 10:00-19:00
Casa das Rosas: Situated 330m from the Metrô Brigadeiro, this cultural centre is home to the Haroldo de Campos literary collection of 20,000 books. Haroldo was a renowned writer, poet and critic.
Metrô Barra Funda: CPTM Line 7 - Ruby, Metro Line 3 - Red, CPTM Line 8 - Diamond
Memorial da América Latina: Barra Funda can be reached from the Luz Metrô station where it is only one stop from Line 7 (ruby). The Latin American Memorial is 100m away. Designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeye, the centre hosts many temporary exhibitions and houses numerous works of art.
- Memorial da América Latina
At: Av. Auro Soares de Moura Andrade 664, Barra Funda, West
Tel: (11) 3823 4600
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-18:00
Off the Metrô Route
There are many other museums and cultural centres situated away from the Metrô lines. Popular museums and cultural centres include:
Auditório Ibirapuera: Situated in Parque Ibarapuera, the auditorium hosts music concerts and also cultural art exhibitions. A collection of classical and experimental musical instruments is on display in the hall.
- Auditório Ibirapuera
At: Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, Gate 3 - Parque Ibirapuera
Tel: (11) 2846 6000
Open: Tuesday to Thursday 09:00-18:00, Friday and Saturday 09:00-21:00 and Sunday 09:00-18:00
Museu do Futebol: The Football museum in the Pacaembú Stadium overlooks the square named after Charles Miller, the Brazilian-born Brit who introduced football into Brazil in the early 20th century. Divided into three sections entitled Emotion, History and Fun, the museum uses interactive video installations alongside the traditional presentation of items from the history of Brazilian and international football. The museum's most prized possession is the shirt worn by Pelé during the 1970 World Cup Final in Mexico.