The oldest art museum
in the city

Pinacoteca

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Why locals love it

Located in a beautiful building next to the metro and train station Luz, it was founded in 1905 and is considered one of the most important art museums in the country. Its collection consists mainly on Brazilian art from the 19th and 20th century, but one can also see pieces of European artists, temporary exhibitions and contemporary art.

Why you should visit it

It is an interesting way to learn more about Brazilian culture and how we are portrayed by outsiders and Brazilians. In their collection there are many paintings made by foreigners portraying how they saw our country in our early days (when we were a colony), which contrasts to the Brazilian modern art pieces.

Special tip

It is open until late (10 am) on Thursdays and after 5pm on that day (and Saturdays) the entrance is for free.

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5 Comments

One of the best museums of São Paulo, great artistic exhibitions on display, not only about tradicional and modern art, but also contemporary of good quality as well
Yohannah
Local
April 15, 2019
Expositions of art , and a beautiful place to visit
Maria Teresa
Local
December 5, 2018
Go on saturdays because they offers free entrancy. Inside the galery you´ll find modern art and a nice place to spend time. One of the most beautiful place in São Paulo. Pinacoteca is inside the Jardim da Luz, in front of Luz Station (the oldest train station in São Paulo). Enjoy the coffe inside Pinacoteca (subway floor).
Marcos
Local
February 15, 2018
The construction is beautiful with "exposed" brick walls and a "clean" interior. Permanent collection is worth seeing. There good exhibitions from time to time.
Ana Paula
Local
August 30, 2017
The construction is beautiful with "exposed" brick walls and a "clean" interior. Permanent collection is worth seeing. There good exhibitions from time to time.
Ana Paula
Local
August 30, 2017
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