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“The best kept secret”

Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
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Ranked #2 of 747 things to do in Sao Paulo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Stairs / lift
State of Sao Paulo
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The best kept secret”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This museum is Pritzker Prize Paulo Mendes da Rocha project. Just for that worth the visit. It has an interesting collection of brazilian art and wonderful expositions.

Visited May 2014
Thank Airton B
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Curitiba, PR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

A very interesting and disquieting museum, with permanents and itinerant expositions. The building is very beautiful and located infront of the Luz station. Recomended for who want see a modern and classic museum in the same one!

Visited May 2014
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“culture and leisure ...”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

culture and leisure ...

A great choice for lovers of art, variety of works of art, a tour for couples or alone, in state São Paulo,

Visited October 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
“Old, modern and new”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Big building, various rooms, some old paintings, some modern art and some works from new artists. All together I only liked 3 things. The art from the new artists could as well being made by toddlers, reflecting the artless world we live in, with an absolute lack of inspiration and values.
Not my favorite place. Right by the metro station, not a safe area.

Visited April 2014
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Hamburg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Interesting collection, beautiful building”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

The museum is housed in a tastefully and cleverly modernised classical building and contains an excellent collection of Latin American art - more interesting than just another mediocre collection of European or North American art because this is stuff you don't ordinarily find anywhere else, and the quality is impressive.

Visited March 2014
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