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Afro Brazil Museum

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Address: Avenida Pedro Alvares Cabral | Parque Ibirapuera, Portao 10, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04094050, Brazil
Phone Number:
11 3320-8900
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

Packed with more than 3,000 artifacts from Brazil's five-century history,...

Packed with more than 3,000 artifacts from Brazil's five-century history, the Museu Afro Brasil relates how Brazil's history is inextricably tied to the experience of African slaves and their descendants through culture and traditions that have come to define the country. In fact, there are so many statues, photographs, illustrations, masks, dolls, clothes, documents, paintings, furniture, pieces of plantation equipment, installations and mementos, it's almost impossible to take in the whole place in one go. The printed information is almost exclusively in Portuguese, but the museum provides English-speaking guides, and the back stories behind every single object are at once harrowing and hopeful. Hands down, one of the best museums in Latin America.

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Great museum but why not much English

I know we are in Brazil but if you go to any attraction in the U.K. everything is in multiple languages (in fact most places worldwide) This is a great place but let down if you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Peter W
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I know we are in Brazil but if you go to any attraction in the U.K. everything is in multiple languages (in fact most places worldwide) This is a great place but let down if you cannot read much. The items inside give a great feel for the history The building looks poor from the outside. Do not be out... More 

Thank Peter W
Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a huge and great collection. We really enjoy it. The main entrance changed and we almost didn't find it. It is placed inside the park Ibirapuera. Is there free wifi inside. (Ask for the password)

Thank Alirio P
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Very informative and has good collection reflecting slavery period and beyond. It is a mind opening exhibition about the life of Afro Braziliams.

Thank sureshmsj
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The museum is located in Ibirapuera Park, and has a large Afro-descendant art collection of objects, including paintings, sculpture, lithography, photographs, documents, and ethnological objects. The museum offers many different aspects of Afro-Brazilian culture such as religion, work, art, and slavery in Brazil. It will be nice for tourists to understand the African influences on Brazilian society and culture if... More 

Thank KaterinaBouza
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I went here last year and it was awesome. They always have different exhibits and it was also free at the time. Also nearby are a few other museums when you have completed this treasure.

Thank JWhelan00
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

The museum is a great architecture and is located in the 'central park', next to two other museums. I have visited three museums in my first visit and this museum is the best one among them. The exhibition is not in English and you will need to download an app to listen or see the English version info.

Thank sammieho
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

not terribly impressed. Greatly prefer the museums in Ouro Preto and elsewhere. The building architecture was nice and impressive, not not a lot of interesting exhibits inside.

Thank John k
Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

There was some cool art in the lower sections (some awful too but maybe I'm just not into that sort of thing) but the best parts were on the top floor with the main exhibit. There was a lot to take in and all of it either powerful, interesting, amazing or a combination of it all. There wasn't any information... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

When I go to museums in foreign cities the ones that often stand out the most are where I am seeing something I cannot see anywhere else. Sao Paolo has some great museums, but if you are an open minded art-lover, the vast range of this collection is unparalleled, and there is nowhere else where you can learn about the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

My top tip for visiting the Afro-Brazil Museum would be to take your phone and headphones to download the audio guide - I was lacking headphones so couldn't do this and found navigating the exhibits tricky. There is next to no information in English and while it's often possible to get the gist of the Portuguese explanations my visit would... More 

Thank Joanne H

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Ibirapuera Park, the highlight of this neighbourhood, is a family-friendly area to have a picnic, relax, play sports, exercise or appreciate art. It gets crowded during the weekends and is a popular leisure destination for residents. Its 1,584 square kilometers holds three lakes, two museums and several other cultural spaces. The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, such as free music concerts and a water and light show celebrating the holidays at the end of the year. There are two important monuments to visit, the Obelisk and the Flag Monument. Ibirapuera is a perfect escape!
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