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.
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.
Instituto Itau Cultural
Maintained by Itau, one of Brazils largest banks. Art shows, lectures, work-shops and films. Also an archive of photos depicting history of Sao Paulo at this Cultural Institute. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-21:00. Av. Paulista 149. Paraiso.
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.
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 Paulista (Do Ipiranga)
Shows historical paintings by Benedito Calizto, Oscar Pereira da Silva, Almeida Junior, Teodoro Braga next to sculptures and photographs. Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-16:45. Parque de Independencia.
Casa das Rosas
The house of roses is a French style mansion with gardens inspired by those at Versailles. The building is an official municipal landmark and is now a cultural center in Sao Paulo. Open Tuesday to Sunday. 10:00-18:00. Av. Paulista, 37, Paraiso.
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.
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.
Choque Cultural
Commercial gallery presenting works of young Brazilian artists coming from graffiti, tattoo, graphic design, illustration and urban art styles. Two locations: Rua Joao Moura, 997, Pinheiros and Rua Medeiros de Albuquerque 25, Pinheiros.
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.
Instituto Butantan
The Institute Butantan has snakes, scorpions, spiders and lizards in a total of five museums. Av. Vital Brasil 1500, Butanta. Tuesday to Sunday 09:00-16:30.
Fundacao Maria Luisa e Oscar Foundation
Founded in 1974 by the Engineer Oscar Americano and now open to the public, historical Brazilian objects, tea room and shop. Tuesday to Friday 11:00-17:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-17:00.
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.
Atelie Fidalga
A collective area where artists meet during classes, the public can attend talks, view exhibitions by emerging artists. By appointment only.
Estacao Pinacoteca
Renovated warehouses now house collections by numerous artists including the Nemirovsky collection. Walter Wey library containing books, catalogs, DVDs and CDs. Cafe and virtual shop. Largo General Osorio, 66, Luz, Sao Paulo.
Art Museum of Sao Paulo
Fine-art museum located on Av. Paulista 1578. Free entry to everyone on Tuesdays, always free for children under 10 and adults over 60. Museum opens at 11:00.
Museu da Casa Brasileira
The museum exhibits a permanent collection with works of art acquired by the former residents, the couple Fabio Silva Prado and Renata Crespi. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00. Free on Sundays. Av. Brig. Faria Lima, 2705.
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.
Edificio Copan (Copan Building)
Oscar Niemeyer designed this apartment and office block with clean, white and undulating curves. The architect went on to design much of Brasilia, Brazils capital. Av. Ipiranga 200, Centro. Metro: Republica.
Museu Anchieta
Museum exhibiting the religious history of the Jesuits. Pca. Pateo do Collegio, 02 - Centro - Sao Paulo. Tuesday to Friday 09:00-16:45; Saturday and Sunday from 09:00-16:30.
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.
Museu de Arte Contemporanea (MAC)
Contemporary art museum. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-19:00. Ibirapuera Park, Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, gate 3,
Museum of Modern Art Sao Paulo (MAM)
Modern Art of Sao Paulo, sculptures and paintings. Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 10:00-18:00. Free on Sundays. Located at Ibirapuera Park, door 3.
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.
Pavilhao Japones
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.
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.
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 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.
Museu de Arte Sacra
Precious permanent collection consists of over 4,000 works of religious art, including sacred imagery, altarpieces, communion tables, oratories, silverware and liturgical vestments. Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-19:00. Av. Triadentes, 676.
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.
Brazilian Museum of Sculpture
Sculpture exhibitions and shows. The statues and busts of Michelangelo were displayed in October 2008. The museum has wheelchair access. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-19:00. Av. Europa, 218 Jardim Europa 01449-000.
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.
Galeria Jaqueline Martins
Features work of new artists alongside veteran artists works. Rua Dr. Virgilio de Carvalho Pinto 74, Pinheiros.