Destination Museums: Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil

The Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is one of the most important art museums in Brazil. The museum is housed in a 1900 building in Jardim da Luz, Downtown São Paulo, designed by Ramos de Azevedo and Domiziano Rossi to be the headquarters of the Lyceum of Arts and Crafts. It is the oldest art museum in São Paulo, founded on December 24, 1905, and established as a state museum since 1911.

After passing through a renovation conducted by Paulo Mendes da Rocha in the 1990s, the museum became one of the most dynamic cultural institutions of the country, lining up with the international circuit of exhibitions, hosting cultural events and keeping an active bibliographic production. Pinacoteca also maintains a branch in Bom Retiro district, called Estação Pinacoteca, where it holds temporary exhibitions and the institution’s documentation center.

The Pinacoteca has a wide-ranging collection of Brazilian art, mainly noted for its vast assemblage of 19th-century paintings and sculptures, one of the largest in the country, as well as for a number of iconic Brazilian Modernist artworks. The collection also includes a department of works on paper, European paintings and sculptures from 19th-century artists, decorative arts, etc.

Audio Guides are available in three languages – Portuguese, English and Spanish – with 55 tracks, the Audio Guide is an invitation to get to know the space and to experience other perceptions about the works that make up the exhibit Arte no Brasil: Uma história na Pinacoteca de São Paulo.


  • Address: Praça da Luz, 02 – Tel. +55 11 3324-1000
  • Open: Wednesday through Monday, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm; visitors can stay until 6:00 pm. (Closed Tuesday, offers free parking and a bike rack)
  • Price: $2 USD (full price) and $1.00 USD (student price).Free on Saturdays. Children under 10 and seniors over 60 years old are admitted free of charge.