Afro Brazil Museum, Sao Paulo

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Brazil’s history is inextricably linked to the stories of African slaves and their descendants. These stories  have shaped the culture of modern Brazil, and the Afro Brazil Museum tracks their lineage with over 3,000 artifacts collected from around the country. Travel down the halls with an English-speaking guide to discover the museum's holdings. The guide is essential since all of the signage is in Portuguese. Along the way you'll see photographs, sculptures, furniture, masks, and documents; all of them telling the harrowing tales of life as a slave and the struggle to find freedom in a new land. Make Afro Brazil Museum a centerpiece of your Sao Paulo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Sao Paulo family vacation planner.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The place could be better? Yes, but with the little they have and everything very organized worth. Interesting exhibitions tbém. ...
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  • August 7, 2017
    We can't enjoy with calm because we had time for our flight back. The little we saw was wonderful!
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  • July 31, 2017
    Beautiful! Rico historical and cultural acquis. The space is huge with lots and lots of parts, furniture, fabrics, items of clothing, art items about slavery, about the cultural legacy and about the Brazil of the time. Located in Ibirapuera Park which is also beautiful ... wonderful ride!
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  • March 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!
  • April 2, 2017
    This 545-acre park is one of Latin America's largest parks, and features the University of São Paulo's Museum of Contemporary Art, a planetarium and multiple pavilions and auditoriums
  • October 9, 2016
    Wonderful museum with free access. Immense collection. One day, two days still isn't enough to view and digest everything exhibited. The place to get an idea about the cruel history of Brasil referred to slavery and to see the beauty , colorful huge contribution of the Afro Brazilians to contemporary Brazil. The richness of the collection is overwhelming.
  • September 14, 2016
    One of the most comprehensively interdisciplinary museums. The scope of exhibits from Amerindian to African to Afro Brazilian to Contemporary is mind boggling. Here, the historical narrative does not obscure the esthetic.
  • March 14, 2017
    In my opinion this is the most beautiful museum of Sao Paulo

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