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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  • The building by itself is a masterpiece of Modernist Architecture. Inside you will the latest in African-Brazilian art expression.  more »
  • This museum is well worth to visit. It’s pretty big with many parts of the Afro Brazilian history. It’s located in the nice Ibirapuera park.  more »
  • Very informative of the history of the occurrence of slavery in Brazil and the impact it made on the country . Heart breaking to say the least at some of the photos and exhibitions showing the...  more »
  • Alot here but have a quick wander through and then loiter at the bits you like. These are mine:
  • This place is amazing. This is my second time in Sao Paulo and my first time in this museum. It has four floors dedicated to afro culture. You can see many pieces from Africa and north of Brazil.
  • Totally worthless if you dont understand portugese, not even the app had info in english. We wanted to learn about the history of the afro brasilians but it seemed to be more on the cultures of africa and not on how its adapted and expressed here in Brasil, sad. Far away from everything an not even the park is worth the ride.
  • Amazing place to visit. Quite enjoyed the time spent there, but seeing the slave ship was heart wrenching
  • Museum text is generally not available in English, but the museum staff was able to help me in English and you could purchase an English pamphlet about the curation. No gender neutral restrooms. Unsure about wheelchair accessibility. Located in the park so quite scenic to walk to. There are capoeira and contemporary sections! The quaint gift shop wasn’t memorable in any way. Enjoyed spending two hours here.

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