Museums in Salvador

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  • Neil T
    Toronto, Canada20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    alltour Turismo. Guide: Gabriel Aquino
    This was the final stop of an all-day private tour that also included Praia do Forte, Projeto Tamar, and the CAB (Centro Administrativo da Bahia).

    The Casa do Rio Vermelho [a.k.a. Casa de Jorge Amado e Zélia Gattai] is the long-time home of Jorge Amado and his wife, Zélia Gattai, now preserved and maintained by a foundation. It is a "must see" for fans of his novels and/or his political activism. The place mostly looks like Jorge and Zélia just left it and you're getting a tour. It is, of course, filled with memorabilia (his books, her art, and their collections of figurines and other objects from all over the world). My affection for Brasil - and my (admittedly limited) knowledge of Candomblé) owes a lot to Jorge Amado's novels, so visiting his home was a special highlight of my visit to Salvador.

    Gabriel Aquino is an absolutely awesome guide. He is very knowledgeable and patient in explaining in English what I couldn't get in Portuguese. He was my guide for two full days in Salvador (see other reviews) and I really can't say enough nice things about him! Recommend him very highly!
    Written March 22, 2024
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  • Stephane G
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be careful: most of the museum only opens in the afternoon (from 1pm). When i went, only one part was open, and it was good. Mostly contemporary artists (lots of photos). The rest was closed. There is also a café and a art cinema. The location is great, in old buildings on the seashore.
    Written November 14, 2023
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a collection of books, articles, and research video material on Jorge Amado, as a writer. The feature translation of his book in more than a hundred languages, a rich collection of correspondence, and a tremendous amount of written appraisals of his work. Amado is by far the most famous Brazilian writer and there are 100s theses and dissertations on his work. You can find the biographies written about his life. But again, it’s great to research!
    Written February 26, 2020
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  • Edward D.
    Lucena, PB4,578 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra is a fort located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It was constructed to guard the entrance to the Bay of All Saints (Bahia de todos os Santos), during the time of the Portuguese Empire. The first Portuguese fortification erected in Bahia was likely built in 1501, on the same area now occupied by the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra. The foundation stone of that first fortification was placed in an area called Ponta do Padrão, now known as the Largo do Farol da Barra, the broad public square in front of the fort. The fort also houses the 22 meter (72 ft)-high Barra Lighthouse and the Nautical Museum of Bahia. The Santo Antônio da Barra Fort is protected as a historic structure by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage.
    Written June 1, 2021
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sister Dulce, today Saint Dulce of the Poor, canonized by Pope Francis, is a real case of miracles delivered by a fragile small woman who spent the life helping and curing dispossessed people. From scratch, she built a tremendous health center and hospital. If you come to Salvador, pay her a visit. Really emotional.
    Written February 26, 2020
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  • jorge c
    Buenos Aires, Argentina18,581 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inmersing yourself in the huge array of culture, art and social tragedy that this place represents, it's surely one of the greatests spots to any Salvador visit.
    Our guide was kind and attentive and did almost a one and half hour visit, just for both of us, explaining in a very detailed manner all aspects of the particular collection of objetcs that you can find inside.
    Written February 24, 2020
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This facility is very nice and does deserve your attention. The copies of Rodin sculptures out side, in the garden, are very well displayed and mixed with local artists. They feature a nice coffee shop — just don’t order cappuccino made of powder— , s small souvenirs shop and lots of people playing music. Their permanent
    collection is simple but well designed. The old building, former state secretary of education is a beautiful mansion build by traditional, prosperous family.
    Safe place to be and to visit. No parking.
    Written September 3, 2019
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This monastery is a masterpiece of colonial architecture; truly outstanding and peaceful inspirational. But it has had an incredible role in defending Brazilians; firstly, a strong role in the Portuguese war against the Dutch invaded in 1624; then protecting people persecuted by dictatorships in the 1930s and 1960s. It deserves a look!
    Written February 25, 2020
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  • Eliane M
    Niteroi, RJ323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The objects, the tableware, the furnitures, everything indicates how the sugar cane aristocracy lived at that time. Wonderful heap.
    I disliked the opening hour: 2:30 PM.
    Written September 5, 2014
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  • Carolyn A
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This house is a living museum. One can imagine the life of the family that lived here. Worth the visit!
    Written July 19, 2018
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  • Salvador Guidebook
    Salvador, BA12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've been there on several occasions to participate in workshops and cultural events. The events and expositions are always high quality. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to just "stop by", but if you hear of something interesting there, you can be assured that it will be well-done.
    Written October 13, 2019
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  • Nomad68
    San Francisco, CA198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing displays of the art of carnaval. Beautiful masks, clothing, books on its history. Well thought out displays! Great interactive spaces to learn some of the dances. Fun for adults and children.
    Written March 16, 2023
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  • africanmatrix
    africanmatrix488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful location
    excellent views of All Saint Bays

    take a taxi there
    neighorhood is sketchy

    I am not a fan of the religious art but the location is worth the visit
    Written June 30, 2015
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  • africanmatrix
    africanmatrix488 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located in the historic district of Pelorinho at the Largo de Pelorinho (Pelorinho Square)

    have coffee and enjoy the free gastonmy museum located in the same building as Senac Bahian food cuisine school so you can have buffet lunch a Senac and try the local foods (careful witht he palm oil (dende oil) not suited for all stomaches
    Written May 29, 2017
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,404 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This 1624 fortress has a twin sister in Sardina island, Italy. Same shape, same defense concept, dancing in the water with great sunset views and short boat trips. A very romantic thing to do: I missed the restaurant they used to have in the fort for a moonlight dinner!
    Boat trips need to be pre-arranged, but it's worthwhile!
    Written March 29, 2015
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