There are a lot of great museums in Sao Paulo, but today we went to Parque Ibirapuera and stopped into the Museu Afro Brasil. This museum totally exceed my expectations.
When I first went in, I went to the right. It was nice, there were some interesting displays, but the art and fashion on exhibit seemed to have less to do with the history of African culture in Brazil than I expected.
But then my husband called my cell phone (he came in with my daughter and the MIL a few minutes after me) to find out where I was. I got his location and went to hunt him down. They had gone to the left instead of the right. When I entered the temporary exhibition area I couldn’t believe my eyes. I didn’t expect the explosion of shapes and colors that I was hit with as I walked into the exhibition area to be so impactful.
Best part was, because of course our daughter is not yet really interested in the Afro-Brasilian culture, there was a toy exhibition.
There was also an exhibition on Brazilian cowboys, which sparked my daughter’s wavering interest. (Ok, so they weren’t cowboys, they were in fact cangaceiros, Robin Hood style bandits in the Northeast of Brazil, but I didn’t feel like going into it with her. Cowboys made her happy. And made her whine less.)
The museum is so extensive we only got through maybe a third of it.
The influence of the African culture on Brazilian’s own culture is, of course, historically significant. But this museum offers an in-depth look at the beauty and art of the Afro-Brazilian culture that is something that shouldn’t be missed. Oh yeah, and it is free to get in. The Museu Afro Brasil is an absolute must-see if you are in Sao Paulo.
Address: Av. Pedro Alvares Cabral, Parque Ibirapuera, Gate 10, São Paulo/SP
Telephone: (11) 3320-8900 – de Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm