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“Great museum, in Ibrapuera”
Review of Afro Brazil Museum

Afro Brazil Museum
Ranked #33 of 739 things to do in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Lemont, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great museum, in Ibrapuera”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

You get to visit the park and see some Niemeyer architecture while visiting a large collection of art that not only outlines the Afro-Brasilian history and culture but highlights the production of some of the artists that they have produced.

Visited December 2012
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Maputo, Mozambique
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“Interesting”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

The Museum is quite small, but definitely a stop when walking around pelourinho. It is a bit difficult to grasp the religion and influences though, as there are simply too many names/things to remember. There is no set path for you to take so sometimes you end up reading something when you've missed the description of a name for instance, and IMO you're not able to absorb properly all that the Museum has to offer.

Visited November 2012
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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“Amazing Mix!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

As Brazilian, I naturally love my country. But this museum is just spectacular, It does not take long to visit, even though one can spend a whole day inside... colorful information about the mix of races, the strong religious aspects and the culture. My foreign friends always enjoy the visit!

Visited June 2012
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winterthur
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“very interesting”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

I was looking forward to visit this museum and understand more the mixed of the different cultures, which makes now what Salvador is.

Visited October 2012
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Toronto, ON
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“Brilliant exhibitions with distinctive perspective”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

As a museum professional, I visit hundreds of museums worldwide each year and have rarely been struck by a greater originality, depth, and sensitivity of exhibitions in a subject museum as found at the Museu Afro-Brazil in Sao Paulo. The director, and original owner of many of th works is a forceful personality whose interests and judgement shine through the work of an obviously dedicated staff. On site I witnessed educational tours for the deaf, signage for the blind, and objects from traditional Brazilian cultures interpreted for other visitors, whether Brazilian or foreign, with an exciting freshness. Wall texts, while extensive, are almost not needed.
I cannot recommend this museum more strongly.

Visited September 2012
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