Today, day 127 of my efforts to be more Brazilian, I decided to immerse myself in one of Brazil’s favorite past times – Futebol.
The Museu de Futebol is located inside the Paulo Machado de Carvalho stadium in Praça Charles Miller. The museum has some great displays in very interesting exhibit space that includes a stop underneath the actual stadium. In additional to historical facts, video interviews, old-time radio casts and, of course, a variety of balls, equipment and uniforms used over the past century, the museum has an amazing collection of photography that documents both the passing of time in Brazil as well as games. You get a chance to try and kick a goal at an electronic goalie, with a photo included, and can play a virtual soccer game.
They even have a creepy baby doll on display – yes in an attempt to show the various items used to play futebol on the street – a crushed can, a ball of socks, etc. – they included the severed head of a baby doll. Creepy. Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to take pictures in the museum.
The museum costs R$6 to get in, kids under 7 are free, but parking – at least today with the particular parking guy that got us – is R$10. The museum has a gift shop and a café/bar as well.
Even if you are not a huge futebol fan, the museum is worth a visit for the photography.
Museu do Futebol
Praça Charles Miller, S/N – Estádio do Pacaembu
São Paulo – (55) 11 3664-3848