We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

Praca da Luz 2, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01120-010, Brazil
+55 11 3324 1000
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
São Paulo Private City Tour from Santos Cruise Terminal
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Pinacoteca is a museum of visual arts, with emphasis on Brazilian production since the nineteenth century. It belongs to the São Paulo State Secretariat of Culture. It was founded in 1905 by the State Government of São Paulo and it is the oldest art museum in the city. It is installed in the old building of the Arts and Crafts College, designed in the late nineteenth century by the architect Ramos de Azevedo. In the 1990's it underwent an extensive renovation with the architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha's project. Pinacoteca hosts about thirty exhibitions and receives about 450,000 visitors yearly. The museum's main focus is to promote to general public a better experience with visual arts with its collection, building and historical relevance.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“da luz” (30 reviews)
All hours
Hours Today: Closed
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Praca da Luz 2, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01120-010, Brazil
+55 11 3324 1000
Write a Review
Reviews (11,218)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

11 - 20 of 482 reviews

Reviewed 8 September 2017

I absolutely love the architecture of this building and consider it a must visit while you are in Sao Paulo

Thank VivaBella
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The exhibitions are always great. The building is gorgeous. The neighborhood is not great but the place is worth the trip. No security problems if you are using Uber or taxi.

Thank Rubens O
Reviewed 6 September 2017

I am 59 year and live in São Paulo. I have never thought about to visit Pinacoteca - unfortunately. I had a chance to go with 15 youngsters from my social project and I have got astonished with the quality of this place. Well organized,...More

Thank MouraBarros
Reviewed 1 September 2017

The architecture justify a visit. Beautiful place, looks like a europe's museum. Don't miss the huge room with a glass ceiling and mirror walls

Thank Marcelo W
Reviewed 19 August 2017

If you come to São Paulo, you must come here. Top level quality. One of my favorites museums in São Paulo.

Thank Traveltips20
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Depending on the exhibition being displayed, the museum is quite nice, especially due to its architecture. But its location is not very good, since it's really downtown. If you decide to go there, I would advise you to be very careful with your belongings and...More

Thank Larissa S
Reviewed 10 August 2017

The Museum has a broad array of brazilian art, although the country has a short art history, compared to european countries. It also present great expositions of international production of all times. The place is well kept and comfortable. It definitely worths visiting.

Thank Paulo B
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This small museum in Downtown SP is full a small gem. The building is worth a trip by itself. It mixes the old original structure with modern platforms allowing the visitor to wonder from one gallery to another. The Brazilian contemporary artist gallery (R.Wright on...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Very nice place. I have lived in Sao Paulo and never visited since this year decided to go. Nice paitings and very organized place. Saw some Portinari´s and clean place. Museum offer free of charge media so you can listen what meand each thing and...More

Thank Marcus A
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

You can spend many hours . Nice place to see great talent together . One of best museum of art from Brazil.

Thank Reinaldo C
Nearby Restaurants
Flor Cafe
134 reviews
.02 miles away
Grego Diferente - A Casa do Churrasco Grego
13 reviews
.13 miles away
Pastelaria Cowboys
11 reviews
.10 miles away
Pecatos Bar
11 reviews
.02 miles away
Nearby Attractions
The Julio Prestes Cultural Center - Sala Sao Paulo
3,095 reviews
.39 miles away
Estacao Pinacoteca
1,740 reviews
.31 miles away
Museu De Arte Sacra De Sao Paulo
597 reviews
.31 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines