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.

Pernambuco House of Culture

Open today: 09:00 - 18:00
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (1,004)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good40%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“three levels”(2 reviews)
“prison”(32 reviews)
Traditional music and dance shows are performed outside this cultural arts center, at one time a colonial prison, which now houses craft and souvenir shops and provides tourist information.more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 09:00 - 18:00
See all hours
Rua Floriano Peixoto s/n | Santo Antônio, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51345-660, Brazil
(81) 3224-2850
Improve This Listing
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Recife
from US$68.75
More Info
from US$75.00
More Info
from US$53.00
More Info
Reviews (2,680)
Filter reviews
52 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews souvenir shops three levels prison cultura culture casa building art
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 52 reviews
Reviewed 1 November 2018

The old construction, built between 1850 and 1867, housed the Pernambuco State Prison for over a hundred years. In 1976, after the closing of the prison and major renovation works, the former cells were converted into small shops and "Casa da Cultura de Pernambuco" was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank LuizDutraNeto
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The 'Pernambuco House of Culture' was of interest to me architectonally as a former prison, dating from the mid-19th century - a cruciform building in tne Empire style. The place lasted as a prison for a bit more than 100 years. After it closed down,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank saronic
Reviewed 16 July 2018

The building was originally a jail and it is interesting to see how it was set out for this purpose. Nowadays, what had been cells are now all, or nearly all, small shops selling mainly touristic memorabilia, clothing, etc. There are quite a number of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Peter S
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

The buildings has been restored quite a while ago and has been turned into a collection of art shops. Impressive but rather obscure, and many of the shops sell the same stuff

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 960maartenr
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Its always good to visit the artisans, wood carvers and needle-point artists at this wonderful building in Old Recife. It used to be a prison, so the little arts and craft shops are what used to be the cells - the bars on the doors...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Fredgd2004NYC
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Biggest tourist trap we have ever been to. There is plenty of opportunity to do souvenir shopping, but that is it. It is a old prison and that is kind of interesting. Every cell is a new shop, but all selling pretty much the same....More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank TwoAndAHalfTraveller
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This is an interesting converted jail offering many small stores with craft and souvenirs. The stores are located I. The cells and therefore very small but they do offe a wide variety of items and there is no pressure sales. Pleasant place to spend an...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Former jail transformed in a cultural site. Nice to visit. All jail cells were restored but maintaining the athmosphere

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank 617nicolal
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Not big, all art shops pretty much the same. Some info in english is missing, its a pitty due to the rich history of the prison/art market. Nice building for a quick stroll.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank 468guyh
Reviewed 9 December 2016

A nice place to visit, a old prison with lots of little shops in the old cells, and it is a great place to buy you're souvenirs, the only thing I did not like was that a lot of shops are selling exactly the same...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank dadvries
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 60 nearby hotels
Recife Plaza Hotel
306 reviews
.62 miles away
Othon Suites Recife Metropolis
649 reviews
.78 miles away
NovoHotell Recife
101 reviews
1.08 miles away
Pousada Villa Boa Vista
286 reviews
1.21 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 5,554 nearby restaurants
Caldinho Do Boni
.04 miles away
Hora Do Lanche
2 reviews
.08 miles away
Home Pizza Pc
.08 miles away
Restaurante Marconi
1 review
.09 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 290 nearby attractions
Basilica and Convent of Nossa Senhora do Carmo
296 reviews
.31 miles away
Basilica de Nossa Senhora da Penha
93 reviews
.46 miles away
Cinco Pontas Fort
322 reviews
.37 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Pernambuco House of Culture staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines