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. Use our Sao Paulo trip itinerary app to arrange your visit to Afro Brazil Museum and other attractions in Sao Paulo.
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  • Even if you haven't got the app in English, it's fairly easy to understand most of the history behind the items. Probably the best collection in the world of artefacts on display from Nigeria and Beni...  more »
  • The Museum Afro Brazil is a must-see at all. It says a lot about our history and the roots of our culture and our people. In addition to the collection on the first floor, the temporary exhibitions that take place are always of good quality and complement the content of the Museum.
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  • The Afro Brazilian museum is great. Theres lots to see on the inside from cool exhibits to beautiful graffiti style paintings on the outside walls. Loved it!  more »
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  • So much rich history! The man at the front desk was funny and very sweet. Apparently I did something incredibly upsetting. I video recorded in a building that doesn't mention "no videotaping". I was walking through the third floor of the museum when I over heard a security guard talking about me over his radio. I continued on through the museum when I was stopped by a serious looking man who was telling me to put my go pro away. No video recording. I told him I don't speak Portuguese and that my go pro does photos too. After the uncomfortable exchange I continued to see him more often. I felt uncomfortable. I walked toward the front desk where I greeted the nice front desk man who I spoke to about video recording. He told me its ok on the third floor after we reviewed the list of rules that only mention no flash photography. The serious looking man suddenly appeared telling the front desk man no recording upstairs. So I said that's fine but no where does it say I can't record. I felt uncomfortable and upset because the dirty looks I received from the other guy were uncalled for. He looked at me like I was scum. I won't step in there again.
  • Huge museum filled with countless artifacts, historical items, and art. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the interpretation was in Portuguese so as an English speaker I wasn't able to understand much of what was going on. Regardless, still worth a visit to check out some amazing things!
  • Muito rico o acervo, emocionado e informativo! Entrada barata, de não me falha a memória custou R$ 12,00 ou R$ 10,00 a inteira.
  • One of the top experiences in Brazil. Carve out about 2hrs to really explore and enjoy the space.
  • Museum doesn't have English translation but is still worth a visit.
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