Museu Afro Brasil is a history, artistic and ethnographic museum dedicated to the research, preservation, and exhibition of objects and works related to the cultural sphere of black people in Brazil. It is a public institution held by the Secretariat for Culture of the São Paulo State and managed by the Museu Afro Brasil Association. The museum is located in Ibirapuera Park, a major urban park in São Paulo. The Manoel da Nóbrega Pavilion, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1959, houses the Museum. It holds around 6 thousands items and pieces including paintings, sculptures, photos, documents, and archives created between the 15th Century and the present day. The aggregation of pieces includes many works of the African and Afro-Brazilian cultural spheres, ranging from subjects and topics such as religion, labor, and art to the African Diaspora and slavery, whilst registering and affirming the historical trajectory and the African influences in the construction of the Brazilian society. The Museum also offers a diverse range of cultural and didactic activities, temporary expositions, and contains a theater and a specialized library.
Museu Afro Brasil was established in 2004 by Emanoel Araújo, former director and curator of the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, artist from Bahia. Araújo, since 2004 has been director of the museum.
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Krystal Vargas | Feb 28, 2018
So much rich history! The man at the front desk was funny and very sweet. Apparently I did something incredibly upsetting. I video recorded in a building that doesn't mention "no videotaping". I was walking through the third floor of the museum when I over heard a security guard talking about me over his radio. I continued on through the museum when I was stopped by a serious looking man who was telling me to put my go pro away. No video recording. I told him I don't speak Portuguese and that my go pro does photos too. After the uncomfortable exchange I continued to see him more often. I felt uncomfortable. I walked toward the front desk where I greeted the nice front desk man who I spoke to about video recording. He told me its ok on the third floor after we reviewed the list of rules that only mention no flash photography. The serious looking man suddenly appeared telling the front desk man no recording upstairs. So I said that's fine but no where does it say I can't record. I felt uncomfortable and upset because the dirty looks I received from the other guy were uncalled for. He looked at me like I was scum. I won't step in there again.
Eura Chang | Jan 3, 2018
Huge museum filled with countless artifacts, historical items, and art. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the interpretation was in Portuguese so as an English speaker I wasn't able to understand much of what was going on. Regardless, still worth a visit to check out some amazing things!
Nicole Alexander | Jan 13, 2018
One of the top experiences in Brazil. Carve out about 2hrs to really explore and enjoy the space.
Omar K | Feb 28, 2018
Museum doesn't have English translation but is still worth a visit.
Ieshia | Mar 8, 2017
UK non portugese speaking traveler. It's a very detailed and diverse museum. It wasn't crowded at all. You have time to explore and reflect. It isn't only the typical slavery items, it also appreciated art and sculptures made by black people. I think this is a great experience for people from all races and cultures. It's a cheap price for entry considering how vast the museum is only R$6 (which is like less than 2 pounds). There isn't any English information but you're still able to understand and staff are very helpful. Also they have wifi in the building so you can google translate or research the artists. I would recommend for anyone visiting Sao Paulo!! It is set in the known park as well. There are security around the park to ask for directions as well as maps. Go and support!
renata rath | May 5, 2018
An amazing amount information about Brazilian history! It is really worth a visit!
ronaldo calipo | May 11, 2018
The museum tells a lot about the African and Brazilian culture and art. Easy to spend 3 or 4 hours to see everything.
Ay Kay | May 11, 2018
A good museum to learn about the history of Afro Brazilians. It has potential for raising more awareness about their history.
Josef Maier | May 29, 2018
Large collection. Recommend to download the app with an English audio guide, in case you're an English speaker.
David M | Jun 23, 2018
This gallery is a masterpiece - I’ve never seen such a diverse collection before. It even outdoes the African-American museum in Washington. An amazing collection of art, history, heartbreak and of course - triumph! You need at least a few hours to go through the museum in detail and most exhibits have an English explanation - brilliant!
Satya Muley | Jun 25, 2018
Over pticed. 24 R$ for entry. No major antiques on display. Not huge and not magnificient. I5 is more about abolishment of slavery in Brazil and some historical pottery and metalwork. Some old jewellery on display too. Guided tours available at specific times.
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