Museums & Monuments
Edificio Altino Arantes (Altino Arantes building)
The 36th floor of the BANESPA Building offers a panoramic view of Sao Paulo. Inaugurated in 1947 and modeled on the Empire State Building in New York. Weekdays 10:00-17:00, entrance is free, ID required. Rua Joao bricola 24, Centro. Metro: Sao Bento.
Pateo do Collegio - Museu Padre Anchieta
Jesuits Jose de Anchieta and Manoel da Nobrega founded Sao Paulo in the college courtyard in 1554. The church has a small museum with paintings from the Colonization period. Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-17:00, Mass 10:00. Praca Pateo do Collegio 2, Centro.
Edificio Italia (Italian Building)
Named after the Italian immigrants who helped with construction this impressive building offers spectacular views of the Sao Paulo skyline. Restaurant on the 41st floor provides varied menu. Tea 15:00-17:30. Avenida Ipiranga 334, Metro: Republica.
Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo
Inspired by the Paris Opera and built in 1911, the central Municipal Theater hosts operas, concerts and ballets. Guided tours can be arranged by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday to view the museum. Situated just off the Praca Ramos de Azevedo.
Museu Casa do Anhanguera
The second oldest house in Sao Paulo state was built in 1600 in Santana de Parnaiba (42km North West of Sao Paulo) Objects and furniture from the past 409 years. Largo da Matriz, 9. Weekdays 08:00-16:30, weekends 11:00-17:00.
Convento e Santuario Sao Francisco (Convent and Sanctuary of...
This impressive building is actually two churches, one run by Catholic clergy and the other by lay brothers. Well preserved Portuguese colonial building built in 1647. Open daily 07:30-20:00, entrance free. Largo Sao Francisco 133, Centro.
Musea da Lingua Portuguesa (Museum of the Portuguese Languag...
Informative Museum about the language, history and literature of Brazilian Portuguese. Explained through images and video presentations. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00. Located at Estacao da Luz, Praca da Luz.
Centro da Cultura Judaica (Cultural Jewish Center)
Jewish history and culture in Brazil since 2003. Building also houses a theater and art gallery. Occasional book fairs and lectures. Cafe serves local Jewish cuisine. Weekdays 10:00-21:00. Weekends 14:00-19:00. R. Oscar Freire 2500, Pinheiros.
Exact replica of the Katsura Imperial Palace in Kyoto, Japan. Japanese garden with goldfish-filled lake. In Ibirapuera Park, pottery, samurai clothes and tea ceremonies. Wednesday and weekends 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00. Gate 10, Parque Ibirapuera.
Museu da Imigracao Japonesa (Museum of Japanese Immigration)
Two floors of exhibits regarding the Japanese culture and farm life in Brazil, Japanese contributions to horticulture. World War II memorials. English language tours available. Tuesday-Sunday 13:30-17:30. Rua Sao Joaquim 381, Liberdade.
Museu do Futebol
Sao Paulos museum of Football is in the Praca (square) of Charles Miller at the Pacaembu Stadium. Charles Miller being the Englishman that exported the beautiful game to Brazil in 1894. Shop selling football kits. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00.
Cathedral da Se
Neo-Gothic church with beautiful towers and stained glass windows in the Praca da se, Centro. Monday and Wednesday to Saturday 08:00-17:00, Sunday 08:30-18:00. Tours Monday and Wednesday to Saturday 09:30-16:30.
Solar da Marquesa de Santos (The Marquess Manor House)
18th Century manor house famous for housing the emperors mistress. Now a museum hosting temporary photo and painting exhibitions with a Sao Paulo theme. Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-17:00. Free. Rua Roberto Simonsen, 136 Centro. Metro: Se.
Memorial da America Latina
Oscar Niemeyer designed these memorial buildings which include the Pavilhao da Criatividade Poplular (Popular Creativity Pavilion) which displays handicrafts from all over Latin America. 09:00-18:00. Av. Soares de Moura Andrade 664, Barra Funda.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB)
Banco do Brasil´s first agency in downtown Sao Paulo now houses a cultural center. There you can watch movies and concerts of all types. Open Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-20:00. Located at Rua Alvares Penteado, nº 112; Rua da Quitanda, nº 18.
Edificio Martinelli (Martinelli Building)
The first skyscraper built in Sao Paulo, in 1920 it was the tallest building in South America. In 1992 the building was classified a historic monument. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 09:00-10:00 and 14:30-15:30. Free, ID required. Av. Sao Joao, 35.
Cemiterio da Consolacao
Sometimes referred to as the "museum of the open heavens" this cemetary in central Sao Paulo has magnificent sculptures in bronze and stone. Monday to Sunday 07:00-18:00. Entrance is Free. Rua da Consoloacao, 1660.