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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  • I really had no idea that there was an artist of this level in Brazil, the beautiful Museum, I was struck by the Castle, by size, care and works, but when you see inside you is much more charming, the amount of works and parts are stunning, fascinating and extraordinary, it's a place for those who like culture cannot stop visiting. The cost eh $30 from Tuesday to Sunday, but worth any cent.
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  • Presents Museum of weapons, paintings, etc., in a wooded location and ample, with top quality restaurant and good price Castellus, ñ stop having lunch there, with piano bar.
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  • A haze on the visit to the Institute. All very large, spacious and very well maintained. Buildings like castles are home to a vast collection of works, with an emphasis on the collection of armor and weapons. Amazing!!
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  • It’s very interesting place and it is very sexually as of human’s organs. Use your imagination when you look at these arts. 😏
  • A rich man's megalomaniac dream - and you pay an expensive price for that (30BRL - March 2018) Nice place, but no descriptions, so you just wander and admire stuff that you have no idea where do they come from, the period, nothing, with terrible illumination and curatorship. It's far and hard to get there via public transportation, taxis are expensive and Ubers are far away, taking a long way to get there
  • Fiquei impressionado com o museu. Acervo incrível, local impecavelmente organizado. Só a coleção de armaduras e de armas brancas já valeria a visita mas há ainda quadros belíssimos, esculturas, móveis de época e muitos outros objetos de coleção. Não dá para ir a Recife e não conhecer.
  • It is an interesting colletion of weapons, there is and area where one can eat but the green surrounding is amasing. It's worth visiting.
  • Natural beauty along with lots of art and history make this place a must when it comes to visiting Recife.
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