Instituto Ricardo Brennand, Recife

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. Use our Recife trip itinerary maker tool to visit Instituto Ricardo Brennand on your trip to Recife, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Amazing museum. Great collections in a beautiful place. The weapon sector is amazing. Definitely worth the visit.  more »
  • Stunning, immaculate garden place, impressive architectural construction, vast body of arms and other wonderful fabrics, sculptures, carpets etc. of renowned artists. A tourist spot that can only be appreciated.
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  • I believe one of the sights of the city of Recife as differentiated in your beauty to art culture and cuisine. Everything pretty much careful where you lose some hours contemplating all the works on display at the site. The castle restaurant offers Spectacular cuisine quite well served and with fair price in relation to the quality offered.
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nice park and museum. A great stop on your Recife itinerary!
  • 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.
  • 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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