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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Espaço Cultural Banco Central: This cultural space 380m from the Metrô Trianon-Masp holds regular cultural exhibitions which include paintings, sculptures and photography.
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.
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.
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.
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.