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Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

Praca da Luz 2, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01120-010, Brazil
+55 11 3324 1000
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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.
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Praca da Luz 2, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01120-010, Brazil
+55 11 3324 1000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Museum has a beautiful architecture and it's located a few steps from Luz Metro Station. It has sculptures and other famous paintings from brazilian and foreign artists as well. Recommend the visit.

Thank Camile87
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this museum mainly for the cool architecture. It used to be an art school and it has a very cool look. The collection is pretty great, and it's located near Luz Station so you can do both things the same day. Worth a...More

Thank Bia H
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank VivaBella
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Traveltips20
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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