Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

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Innovative and inspiring Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo, renowned for its thought-provoking exhibits, is located in the heart of the city. Established in 1911 (1905), this is the oldest art museum in the state, housed in a 1900 building that was originally designed to accommodate the city’s Lyceum of Arts and Crafts. Today, the museum is one of Brazil’s most important cultural institutions, featuring a large collection of Brazilian art. Visit the site to explore the displays featuring some of the most iconic Brazilian Modernist works. Don’t miss the galleries devoted to European artists, and the displays featuring some of the most iconic Brazilian Modernist works. Check online for a list of upcoming special events and temporary exhibitions. Arrange to visit Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo and other attractions in Sao Paulo using our Sao Paulo travel itinerary maker. To visit Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo on your holiday in Sao Paulo, and find out what else Sao Paulo has to offer, use our Sao Paulo.
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  • We took advantage of the free Saturday admission to view the Pinacoteca collections, which comprise an impressive array of the visual arts in a beautifully restored building. There were English... 
    We took advantage of the free Saturday admission to view the Pinacoteca collections, which comprise an impressive array of the visual arts in a beautifully restored building. There were English...  more »
  • I have visited the Pinacoteca already several times, and it is always extremely interesting as they often change their exhibitions. They have a good mix of local artists and international artists as.....  more
    I have visited the Pinacoteca already several times, and it is always extremely interesting as they often change their exhibitions. They have a good mix of local artists and international artists as.....  more »
  • Love the environment of this tiny museum. The building tells more than the some exhibits, though. Worth a visit. 
    Love the environment of this tiny museum. The building tells more than the some exhibits, though. Worth a visit.  more »
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  • This is truly one of the best museums in the world. Pinacoteca is one of those places that you would need days to truly understand and decompress. With a great collection of Brazilian Modernist Era, the museum’s architecture details its a must all by itself. Besides it’s great collection the museum also have temporary exhibitions with great artists, so it be good to check it before attending. The tickets to temporary exhibitions and weekends tends to sold out very quickly, and there is one day of the week when you can get in for free. If you’re going by public transportation be careful to the surroundings, the neighborhood it’s not dangerous but don’t be distracted with your belongings. Also take some time to walk in the garden with lots of sculptures by different artists is a very enjoyable experience by itself. If you wanna take some pictures I suggest the afternoon lighting that entes that glass ceiling, it’s just idyllic.
  • This is the coolest art museum. It combines a bit of classic art to explain the modern approach of artists. The building itself is worth the trip and the cafeteria in the park was a perfect end to a great afternoon.
  • Great place both for the architecture and exposition. Need to remark the work and changes made to share the vision of the natives of the region and the effect of the Portuguese invaders. The near train station is a good place to see too. Beware of pickpockets on the street and take care of your cellphone.
  • This museum is one of the oldest in São Paulo. The art collection is huge, each room is overflowing with different pieces. In a way it is actually quite overwhelming and intense, it’s difficult to digest the sheer amount. There is no flowing journey or consistency. There is deep contrast not just room to room, but often throughout a room. You would need to spend an entire day here to truly begin to appreciate and digest what’s on display. It’s quite remarkable at the same time. I recommend a visit.
  • The security and system within the museum is all difficult to understand, also staff does not speak English, I found very difficult to enjoy my limited freedom including the young man shouting on me than I cannot go from the ground floor back to second floor, coffee only on way out, if you leave the building there is no way to come back, there is beautiful garden outside but is not accessible within museum, be ready to be treated like homeless person as there is plenty of problem surrounding the building itself so watch out. The collection fairly compensate the inconvenience.

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