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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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Interesting and Impressive!

Very very impressive museum with many goosebumps parts. Good collection of a painful history. Amazing architecture by the great Brazillian Oscar de Niemeyer.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very very impressive museum with many goosebumps parts. Good collection of a painful history. Amazing architecture by the great Brazillian Oscar de Niemeyer.

Thank A54B
Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a very pleasant few hours history journey..the oscar niemeyer designed building and walkways are spectacular..the displays are very interesting from slavery to modern times.the explanations are all in portugese but they have wi fi so with google translate you can manage ..

Thank Eric S
Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an ordinary museum, nothing surprised me. Depends on the exhibition and the schedule It is inside the ibirapuera park which is a beautiful park

Thank RodrigoTS20
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Honestly not at all what we expected. Most exhibits looked appropriate for a modern art museum - very abstract and random. That style of modern art is not to our tastes so we were very disappointed overall. Worth a laugh but I'd just skip it.

Thank Seakay90
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 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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Reviewed 12 March 2017 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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Reviewed 19 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
Sao Paulo, SP
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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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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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Reviewed 31 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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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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