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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  • Beautiful place, conceived through a dream, Rico in culture, history and many objects that hardly will see elsewhere.
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  • In Recife, is worth the visit. Works of art and beautiful landscaping. Go with time to do the walk without rush. Include on the sidewalk a trip the Ceramic Shop Francisco Brennand
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  • really did not know that this Museum in Brazil with sculptures worthy of the louvre, the architectural design in the middle of a jungle Park, armatures paintings was watches altars weapons is to spend the day and picnic looking a park full of sculptures is as move to another era and all very neat and tidy to not miss 100 points
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  • Excellent museum. Audio guide in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Three castles, one featuring weapons from many parts of the world and many epochs, incredible paintings, another featuring Franz Post's pieces and books/paintings from the Dutch government in Pernambuco, and another featuring paintings from many artists. Closes at 4pm, good to spend an afternoon.
  • I was amazed by Brennand's collection. This place is a pearl in Recife due to its cultural richness. Be prepared to walk at least two hours to have an immersing experience.
  • 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.
  • Great place to spend the afternoon, you can go on the free day and it's not so crowded.
  • 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

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