Ranked #52 of 414 attractions in Sao Paulo
First museum in Brazil dedicated to Architecture and Design, MCB presents temporary exhibitions and holds a collection of...
First museum in Brazil dedicated to Architecture and Design, MCB presents temporary exhibitions and holds a collection of Brazilian furniture from the 17th century to the present time. The museum´s main features are MCB Design Award, an annual competition held since 1986, and a documentation project mapping typical types of housing in Brazil: Brazilian Houses, a work in progress on its fifth edition. MCB´s calendar of cultural events includes free live music concerts on Sundays and free guided evening visits every fortnight. The museum also holds an agenda based in workshops, roundtables, books and magazines launches on a wide range of themes related to Architecture and Design such as City Planning, Sustainability, Conservation, Heritage Buildings and Creative Economy, which forms the core of its activities for Education and Research, enabling national and international exchanges. In addition, MCB provides a digital index pointing to 28,000 files of handwritten travelers accounts, fictional literature, inventories and family wills related to historical aspects of Brazilian housing. Also known as Ernani Archives, the index is available at this website.Brief History – Created in 1970 as Brazilian Artistic and Historic Furniture Museum, MCB is member of a chain of museums supported by Secretary of State for Culture. The museum was given its current headquarter in 1972, a neoclassic mansion built in the 40´s to shelter the former mayor of São Paulo Fabio Prado and his wife Renata Crespi. The architectural style reveals the city´s expansion in the first half of the 20th century, when the elite left downtown to live in the suburbs near Pinheiros river.