Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Recife

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Comprising a museum, an art gallery, a library, and a large park, Instituto Ricardo Brennand holds a permanent collection of historic and artistic objects from diverse sources. Collections range from Early Middle Ages to the 20th century, with a strong emphasis on objects, documents, and artwork related to Colonial and Dutch Brazil. You'll see the world's largest assemblage of paintings by Frans Post in the art gallery.

The Institute houses one of the largest collections of armory in the world, with 3,000 pieces including a rich collection of knives and melee weapons--the majority of which were produced in Europe and Asia between the 14th and 19th century. One of the highlights is the set of 27 full plate armors, including shields, helmets, gauntlets, and chain mail produced between the 14th and the 17th centuries, as well as armor for dogs and horses.

The collection of decorative arts includes objects from Europe, Asia, and Africa that date back to the 17th century, such as candlesticks, candelabra, jugs, mosaics, stained glass windows, miniature caskets, Chinese ceramics, and musical instruments. The fine art collection comprises paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings dating back to the 15th century represented by local Brazilian artists and European painters.

You can browse in the library that has over 62,000 volumes ranging from the 16th to 20th century, including books, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, sheet music, phonograph records, photographs, iconographic albums, and rare works, including a collection of Brazilian texts and rare items. Featured pieces in the collections include the 17th-century painting "Armor Collection" by Francesco Maltese, "White Slaves Market" by Domenico Rosso from 1884, and "Waterfall in the Forest" by Frans Post in 1657. Take a look at our Recife vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Instituto Ricardo Brennand and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The Ricardo Brennand Institute is an obligatory stop for that comes to Recife. Has an impressive collection of weapons, paintings and relics. Has many parts that are part of the history of Pernambuco. An unforgettable tour!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Incredible private collection: paintings, sculptures, weapons, among others. In addition to the collection, the architecture of the space is really beautiful! Worth knowing!
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  • August 14, 2017
    I've been in many places in the Northeast, and despite living in Pernambuco until the middle of last year I didn't know personally this place, only heard. But after going, I can say that it is one of the most beautiful places of Pernambuco and because not all of the Northeastern States that was, lol. Yes it's beautiful, super clean and organized, I felt like I had arrived in a city in Europe that see both photos and videos. The site has a unique nature, impressive architecture and items that exist in this place will leave you dizzy without knowing what you really want to see, if you're curious like me lol. In the end I intend to take all my friends there.
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  • July 13, 2017
    Nice area and lots of pieces exhibited. Nevertheless the place seemed rather a conjunction of many collections than a well-structured museum. My personal highlight were the maps and sketches of old Recife.
  • January 9, 2017
    If you enjoy taking time to appreciate art in all its shapes you'll certainly like this museum. Ricardo Brennand Istitute is located in a inspiring and breathtaking place where you'll be able to enjoy nature and arts. Spread along the castles you'll see paintings, sculptures, old furniture, armor and etc. Inside it there is a small cafeteria, a restaurant and a small souvenirs shop so you can take gifts for those you love or even to remind you the great time you had there
  • June 8, 2017
    Nice park and museum. A great stop on your Recife itinerary!
  • December 19, 2016
    Beautiful hideout, definitely worth a half-day visit - accessible by car only. Nice collections and you can have an impression how Brazil looked like 100+ years ago. Unfortunately, it seems that even without the physical destruction of world wars, culture and beauty of the past can just disappear - most probably after decades of populism and corruption.
  • January 17, 2017
    This place left me speechless. Ricardo Brennand's Foundation is a must if you like all kinds of art: it is modern, but tribal, so full of personality. Also, it is located in an incredibly beautiful place, integrated with nature.

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