The city of São Paulo is full of cultural attractions, the municipality has more than 100 museums spread across the four regions of the city, with rich collections and renowned temporary exhibitions.

See a list of the top and most popular museums in the city of São Paulo:

Museums in the city of São Paulo

Museums in the city of São Paulo

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Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP)

Located in the heart of the city, Avenida Paulista, the MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – is one of the most important museums in the southern hemisphere and one of the main postcards of the city. It is on the list of the ten most visited tourist attractions in São Paulo and, on Tuesdays, it offers free visits to the general public. On other days, from Wednesday to Sunday, the ticket costs R$ 15.

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Address: Avenida Paulista, 1578 – Bela Vista – São Paulo (near the Trianon-Masp subway station).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (ticket office open until 5:30 pm). Thursday, from 10 am to 8 pm (ticket office until 7:30 pm).
Price: R$ 15 (students, teachers and retirees with vouchers pay half price). Every Tuesday admission is free. Children under ten and over 60 years old do not pay.
Tel.: (11) 3251-5644.

art gallery

Located near Luz station, the Pinacoteca hosts temporary exhibitions, in addition to the rich permanent collection.

Address: Praça da Luz, 2, Luz, São Paulo. Close to Luz do Metrô station (blue/yellow line) and CPTM
Phone: (11) 3324-1000
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm (staying until 6 pm). On Thursdays it is open until 10pm
Admission: R$ 6 – free on Saturdays (all day) and Thursdays (after 5pm). The ticket entitles you to a visit to the Pinacoteca Station

Immigration Museum

Free on Saturdays, the museum preserves the memories of immigrants who arrived in Brazil between the 19th and 20th century, Located in Mooca.

Address: Rua Visconde de Parnaíba, 1316, Mooca, São Paulo
Phone: (11) 3311-7700 / 2692-1866 / 2692-9218

Museum of Contemporary Art of São Paulo

A prominent name in contemporary and modern art throughout Latin America, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or MAC, has around ten thousand works in its collection. Temporary exhibitions throughout the year reveal oils, drawings, engravings, sculptures, objects and conceptual works by great names of the 20th century such as Picasso, Matisse, Miró, Kandinsky, Modigliani, Calder, Braque, Henry Moore, Tarsila do Amaral, Di Cavalcanti, Volpi, Brecheret, Flávio de Carvalho, Manabu Mabe, Antonio Dias and Regina Silveira, among others.

Address: Rua da Praça do Relógio, 160 – Cidade Universitária
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, from 10 am to 8 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 4 pm. Closes on Mondays.
Phone: (11) 3091-3039

Brazilian Museum of Sculpture (MUBE)

Inaugurated 15 years ago, the modern architecture building has hosted more than 160 exhibitions with prominent names such as Brecheret, De Chirico, Max Ernst, Kcho, Bernar Venet, Benjamim, Luchesi e Bento, Claude Viallat, Marcos Lodola, DEV, Juan Diego Miguel, Jô Soares among others.

Address: Av. Europe, 218
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm
Phone: (11) 2594-2601

Afro Brazil Museum

The museum has a rich collection with more than five thousand works representing African and Afro-Brazilian culture. The museum is located in the Padre Manoel da Nóbrega Pavilion, one of the buildings that make up the architectural complex of Ibirapuera Park, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950s.

Address: R. Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/nº – Manoel da Nóbrega Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park, gate 10, São Paulo
Parking by gate 3 (Blue Zone card)
Phone: (11) 3320-8900
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm (entry until 5 pm)
Admission: R$ 6 – free on Thursdays and Saturdays

Brazilian House Museum

The only museum in the country specializing in design and architecture is housed in a mansion from the 1940s, built to house the city's former mayor Fábio da Silva Prado. In addition to the large garden with more than six thousand m², which allows moments of reflection and calm, the visitor will also find the friendly restaurant Quinta do Museu, where a selection of dishes from Brazilian and international cuisine is offered.

Address: Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2705, Jardim Paulistano, São Paulo. 850 meters from Cidade Jardim station of CPTM (Osasco-Grajaú line)
Phone: (11) 3032-3727 / 3032-2564
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Admission: R$ 4 – free on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Free admission for children under 10 and seniors over 60

Museum of Image and Sound (MIS)

One of the most popular museums in the city, the MIS (Museum of Image and Sound) has a collection of collections and main representative records of Brazilian culture. The space offers a mix of works ranging from videos, photos, music and major exhibitions.

Address: Av. Europa, 158, Jardim Europa, Sao Paulo
Phone: (11) 2117-4777
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 12:00 to 22:00. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 11 am to 9 pm
Admission: free on Tuesdays. On Saturdays, free access to the exhibitions on the ground floor and in the collection.

Museum of Portuguese Language

Opened in 2006 at Estação da Luz, the museum allows its visitors to take a journey through the world of words. Among the attractions, a timeline where it is possible to know the origin of the language, a game that encourages the creation of words and a map where it is possible to see and hear testimonials from residents from all regions of Brazil.

Address: Praça da Luz, s/nº, Luz, São Paulo. Exit from Luz do Metrô station (blue/yellow line) and CPTM
Phone: (11) 3322-0080
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm. Open until 10pm every last Tuesday of the month (box office closes at 9pm)
Admission: R$ 6 – free on Saturdays. Until the end of 2014, free also on Tuesdays.
Free admission for public school teachers with payslips and ID cards, children under 10 and adults over 60.

Banco do Brasil Cultural Center (CCBB)

Located in the historic heart of the city, on a pedestrian street, the building was purchased in 1923 by Banco do Brasil. The building was entirely renovated to house the CCBB São Paulo. The original elements have been restored, thus maintaining the lines that make it one of the most significant examples of architecture from the beginning of the century.

Rua Álvares Penteado, 112 – Downtown
CEP: 01012-000 | Sao Paulo-SP)
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, from 9 am to 9 pm.
Phone: (11) 3113-3651

Museum of Sacred Art

Located on Avenida Tiradentes, in downtown São Paulo, the museum exhibits religious objects of aesthetic or historical value.

Address: Av. Tiradentes, 676, Luz, São Paulo. 60 meters from Tiradentes Metro station (blue line)
Phone: (11) 3326-3336
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm
Admission: R$ 6 – free on Saturdays. Free admission for people over 60, children up to 7 years old, public school teachers (with identification) and up to 4 companions

Football Museum

For those who love the sport, the Football Museum was inaugurated, inside the Pacaembu stadium. Those who visit the place can check out facts about football, narrators and even practice a virtual kick. It is one of the most technological museums in the city, in addition to being very interactive.

Address: Praça Charles Miller, s/nº, Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium (Pacaembu), São Paulo. 1.5 km from Cínicas Metro station (green line)
Phone: (11) 3664-3848
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm. From May 13 to July 13, the museum will be open from 9 am to 10 pm (ticket office until 9 pm)
Admission: R$ 6 – free on Thursdays and Saturdays. Half-price for students with a card, the elderly, retirees and public school teachers (state and municipal)

Catavento, Children's Cultural Space

Located in downtown São Paulo, Catavento Cultural e Educacional is very popular with children and young people, the space seeks to feed the visitor with information in a playful way through exhibitions and interactive activities.

Address: Palácio das Indústrias – Praça Cívica Ulisses Guimarães, s/no (Av. Mercúrio), Parque Dom Pedro II, Centro, São Paulo. 600 meters from Dom Pedro II Metro station (red line)
Tel: (11) 3315-0051
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 5 pm (ticket office closes at 4 pm)
Admission: R$ 6 – free on Saturdays
Parking: R$ 10 up to 4 hours (for museum visitors). Additional per hour: R$ 2 (capacity for 200 cars). Buses and vans: R$ 20

Museum of Culture – PUC

With the aim of creating, preserving, researching and exhibiting collections that activate memories and imaginations, the Museum of Culture, located at the Universidade Puc-SP, is open from Monday to Friday, from 2 pm to 7 pm, with cultural, academic and collection activities. of collections: indigenous, themes, photos and videos.

Address: Rua Monte Alegre 984, Headquarters Building – Perdizes – West Zone – São Paulo (Access via the S-23 corridor).
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 14:00 to 19:00.
Tel.: (11) 3670-8559/ (11) 3670-8331.

Fine Arts Museum of Sao Paulo

Also known as the University Museum, the MuBA is linked to the Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo, one of the most traditional institutions of higher education dedicated to artistic work in Brazil, and has four galleries – Galeria do Acervo, Galeria Vicente Di Grado, Galeria 13 and Galeria do Núcleo de Design – in which permanent, medium-term and temporary exhibitions are held.

Address: Rua Dr. Álvaro Alvim, 76 – Vila Mariana – South Zone – São Paulo.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Free.
Tel.: (11) 5576-7300.

Open Museum of Urban Art of São Paulo

São Paulo also has one of the first open-air museums in the world, in the Santana neighborhood. The region was already considered by many as the birthplace of São Paulo graffiti and today is home to the MAAU.

Address: Av. Cruzeiro do Sul – Santana – North Zone – São Paulo.

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