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Afro Brazil Museum

Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, Parque Ibirapuera, Portao 10 | Parque Ibirapuera, Portao 10, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
11 3320-8900
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Ranked #27 of 291 Attractions in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Packed with more than 3,000 artifacts from Brazil's five-century history, the Museu Afro Brasil relates how Brazil's history is inextricably tied to the experience of African slaves and their descendants through culture and traditions that have come to define the country. In fact, there are so many statues, photographs, illustrations, masks, dolls, clothes, documents, paintings, furniture, pieces of plantation equipment, installations and mementos, it's almost impossible to take in the whole place in one go. The printed information is almost exclusively in Portuguese, but the museum provides English-speaking guides, and the back stories behind every single object are at once harrowing and hopeful. Hands down, one of the best museums in Latin America.
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Sao Paulo, SP
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It is a good museum showing the cultural mixture that helped to form Brazilian identity- has a very good display of crafts and artifacts and also guided tours.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A truly world class museum, with some quite stunning sections, telling the history of and the story of the huge impact of African peoples and cultures - the Portuguese brought millions of slaves to early Brazil - on the development of modern Brazil and its culture, sport and art. Two exhibits in particular are remarkable poignant and moving - firstly... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A small but fascinating museum on the enormous role of African people and African cultures on the development of Brazil, and on Brazil today. Make sure you get the folder of English translations at the desk when you enter (they have other languages too), as all the wording/signage/etc in the museum are in Portuguese. The highlight of the place are... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

as a South African travelling thru Brazil, it was refreshing to some African images, crafts and art in Sao Paulo. This museum is well organised and it is easy to locate. The pictures Africans are really interesting and powerful. This museam is located in Ibirapuera park, so you can visit this museum, the park, the modern art museum and contemporary... More

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Salvador, BA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The Museu Afro Brasileiro is a small museum located inside Faculdade de Medicina at the Terreiro de Jesus square. Albeit small the museum has pieces of great interest, such as the Carybé collection. The Museum uses a space in the building that belongs to the oldest School of Medicine in Brazil and the School maintains several educational activities as well... More

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South East London
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Really enjoyed this display of African artefacts. Fortunately we were given a translation of the texts because nothing was in English. The museum is very small and does not take vey long to go round and it is also interesting because it is housed in the old medical school which was opened by the Portuguese when they settled in Brazil.

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Los Barrios, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

I would have given this museum an excellent rating- which it deserves, apart from the fact that there is no guidance regarding the route through the exhibits and we could only find one explanatory paragraph translated into English. We felt that if the football museum could produce audio guidance there should be a similar provision at the Afro Brazil Museum... More

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Entrance being free and located inside the most prominent city park of Sampa, you have no reason not to visit this wonderful museum. So wonderful, that there's really too much to take in. The only downside is that there is too little information available on the many exhibits and what is there is in Portuguese.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A quite small museum which provides a wealth of information about the African presence in Bahia, with the highlight a set of carved wood panels depicting orixas, by a well known Braziliann artist

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Afro-brazzillian history museum seems very under appreciated. When we went we almost had the entire museum to ourselves (save the security guards and the few people who were assembling an exhibit). Unlike most of the other museums we went to in Sao Paulo this one was actually quite large. As a previous review mentioned the exhibits are still being... More

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