Pinacoteca de São Paulo

📍 Location and contact

Praça da Luz 2
01120-010, Penápolis
(11) 3324-1000

ℹ️ Information

The Pinacoteca de São Paulo is a world-renowned art museum located in the city of Penápolis, Brazil. The museum houses an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and other works of art from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The Pinacoteca de São Paulo is one of the most visited art museums in Brazil, and is a must-see for any art lover visiting the country.

The museum was founded in 1897 by the Brazilian government, and is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building. The Pinacoteca de São Paulo underwent a major renovation in 2007, and now features state-of-the-art galleries and exhibition spaces. The museum is home to works by some of the most famous artists in the world, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Vincent van Gogh.

The Pinacoteca de São Paulo is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free for all visitors. Guided tours of the museum are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

🕒 Opening hours

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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🗣️ Pinacoteca de São Paulo: Reviews

Jamie Xu 11 months ago

nice gallery. I didn't feel comfortable walking out from those arts but they are art.

Alison Mudford 11 months ago

Amazing experience. Need to allow lots of time to see everything

Lucas Neumann de Antonio 11 months ago

Excellent museum. But tricky to get to, I'd suggest the subway or taxi as the best transit options, and I wouldn't go by car (the official parking lot is far from the main venue).

HERM PAZ 11 months ago

Magnificent world-class museum showing extensive collections of Brazilian art, not yet exhaustingly dedicated only to minorities.

Diego Siles 11 months ago

Really nice building with a good exhibit inside. A must if you visit Sao Paulo. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

James Proctor 1 year ago

It's a great art museum. The building was somewhat interesting as well. There's some pieces from very famous Brazilian artists. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Dewi Nawasari 1 year ago

The entire museum is full of really nice arts and is beautiful itself. The only shame is that there are not much explanation of any works besides the title, artist, and materials.

Tharciso Azanki 1 year ago

This is truly one of the best museums in the world. Pinacoteca is one of those places that you would need days to truly understand and decompress. With a great collection of Brazilian Modernist Era, the museum’s architecture details its a must all by itself. Besides it’s great collection the museum also have temporary exhibitions with great artists, so it be good to check it before attending. The tickets to temporary exhibitions and weekends tends to sold out very quickly, and there is one day of the week where you can get in for free. If you’re going by public transportation be careful to the surroundings, the neighborhood it’s not dangerous but don’t be distracted with your belongings. Also take some time to walk in the garden with lots of sculptures by different artists is a very enjoyable experience by itself. If you wanna take some pictures I suggest the afternoon lighting that enters that glass ceiling, it’s just idyllic.

Manu Calado 1 year ago

Great place to see the greatest Brazilian paintings. Take some time to walk around the whole building with time and you can find amazing art about the phenomenon of being Brazilian. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Not sure … More

Marcelo F de Abreu 1 year ago

One of the top museums in town, and probably my favourite. Focusing on Brazilian and Latin American Art, but not just, offers an interesting and contemporary museology, displaying artworks from different centuries side by side, by theme, by narrative, offering an interesting take on the walks of visual expression (and topics for conversation). These conversations can be held at the outdoors tables from the café on the ground floor (close to the exit), with great views on Parque da Luz. The building itself is gorgeous, made even more so by Pritzker Prize Paulo Mendes da Rocha's remodeling. Hail to Emanoel Araújo.

Nil S 1 year ago

Beautiful building with lots of natural light, affordable entrance fee, great exhibitions and peaceful exterior. One of my favorites.

Gianluca 1 year ago

Could not get a ticket to get in, but even the outside of the building is beautiful and worth a visit

Alejandro Fiel Martínez 1 year ago

Great place both for the architecture and exposition. Need to remark the work and changes made to share the vision of the natives of the region and the effect of the Portuguese invaders. The near train station is a good place to see too. Beware of pickpockets on the street and take care of your cellphone.

Pedram Esm 1 year ago

I loved this museum. I have been to many museusm around the world, but I found the experience here to be extremely unique. Each room you enter had a placard that not only explained the exhibit, but asked thought provoking questions, that made you really view the exhibit with an open mind. This was definitely a very unique experience. And the building itself was also a work of art to be enjoyed. Make sure you give yourself at least 3 hours here to really walk through all the museum has to offer.

MarkRetreats 1 year ago

This museum is one of the oldest in São Paulo. The art collection is huge, each room is overflowing with different pieces. In a way it is actually quite overwhelming and intense, it’s difficult to digest the sheer amount. There is no flowing journey or consistency. There is deep contrast not just room to room, but often throughout a room. You would need to spend an entire day here to truly begin to appreciate and digest what’s on display. It’s quite remarkable at the same time. I recommend a visit.

Francisco Mendes 1 year ago

The Pinacoteca is one of the must visit places in São Paulo. Some of the artworks of Brazilian Artists can only be found there. Visited on Weekend Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended Yes … More

Elizabeth Rodriguez Javier 1 year ago

The Pinoteca is a very complete museum you can see many types of art, If you like the modern and abstract art you must visit this place, the building by itself is beautiful, only you need to be careful, because the neighbourhood is not safe Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More

Jeremy Ball 1 year ago

Extensive art gallery with various exhibits, inside a beautiful historic building

Cristiano Ferreira 1 year ago

Great museum in Sao Paulo. Probably the best if your taste is modern art. Beautiful building too

Joel Meyer 1 year ago

If it was an empty building it would be worth the visit. Staff is nice, the structure is amazing and they always have something interesting. The surroundings can be a bit scary, but it shouldn't prevent you from enjoying the museum.

Bruno Saldanha 1 year ago

Such a cool Museum. Right in the heart of downtown Sao Paulo, so many cool art and lots of places to visit inside the museum. Lots of stuff to see/do around the museum as well. You can get to the museum by Train/Metro or even Bus. Lots of restaurants and bars in the region makes this a good choice for a busy vacation/exploration day. Walking distance from Mercadao Municipal and many other places.

Chico Maciel 1 year ago

Hands down, one of the best art galleries museums we have in Sao Paulo, perhaps in Brazil. Tip: mind your belongings when you leave the building. The streets around it are quite dangerous.

Łukasz Maciuga 1 year ago

Beautiful museum close to crackolandia

sandra uzor 1 year ago

Pinacoteca is an art gallery. Book a ticket online before getting there. I didn’t do that, was asked to buy a ticket online. I was later allowed to go in without making any payment but I couldn’t access some rooms in the gallery.

Md Anser Ali 1 year ago gatering of here!Tourists freely visitis this place intack of mane time of his hand before came

Gislene Carvalho 1 year ago

It's a incredible experience to see so many wonderful things about the culture and history of my country.

Raphael Capelle 1 year ago

Wonderful museum in Sao Paulo, where the paintings as well as the architecture of the building is a must see. Cosy and free. Great for families as well with the different interactive art expressions (video, statues and scenes)

Dzmitry Yudo 1 year ago

Great collection of Osgemeos. Online timeslot reservation is required these days.

W M 1 year ago

Interesting collections - they are free but you need to get ticket for a certain time online. The website is a little annoying but easy enough. They have a paid exhibition which seems is always booked out despite the museum feeling fairly empty.

Robert Revet 1 year ago

Very interesting Museum of modern and not so modern art in an old building that has been renovated in a very special manner. Absolutely worth a visit.

Bill Wittekind 1 year ago

This is the coolest art museum. It combines a bit of classic art to explain the modern approach of artists. The building itself is worth the trip and the cafeteria in the park was a perfect end to a great afternoon.

Lucas Kirchhoff 2 years ago

I really enjoyed this museum! It is more or a traditional art museum as opposed to Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand. I may personally like traditional art museums better, but I thought the Pinacoteca was a better experience. I enjoyed the layout and restoration of the building as well as the numerous balconies. The art on display was very good at showcasing Brazilian art of several eras. I highly recommend this museum.

Christopher Borges 2 years ago

This is truly a special São Paulo/Brazil museum. It’s affordable, it’s been renovated in a beautiful way, and the exhibits are varied and well-curated. I especially enjoyed an exhibit of Brazilian art through time, although I am not 100% convinced of the layout and how it moves visitors sequentially. At any rate, a must visit for art lovers in SP.

khalid salman 2 years ago

The best cultural site to visit in Sao Paulo with all the history of Sao Paulo.

Gustavo Garcia 2 years ago

Nice museum. Really good exhibitions during my visit. The focus on Brazilian artist is great. Entrance was only 10R$

U.N.I 3 years ago

I visited for only couple of hours during 4hrs of transit time. (After check in and send out luggage) It was so much worth it and i will definitely recommend others to do so as well. Also don't miss to visit souvenir shop inside. Many affordable and cute things are displayed. Having coffee time in cafeteria is relaxing, especially when seating outside where you can see park area. ☕

Salvador Menjivar 3 years ago

A fabulous old fashioned building in the architectural format of grand European buildings but sadly in the most appalling and worse crime ridden area. Make sure you take care when in that vicinity. Otherwise a gorgeous collection of modern art set in the bare brick skeleton mixed in with modern lifts in its inner area of this well restored palace containing a large selection of many famous Brasilian & foreign artist from 1930s onwards plus some XIX C europeab paintings too. Amongs its gems Lygia Clarks' sculptures and the first & only abstract painting in black and white I have ever seen by this renown artist. Not to be missed!!

Priscila Portela 3 years ago

Lovely place to be with your family, friends or alone. Deep and inspiring. This places brings our history, our roots and also what's new at the moment. If you feel tired of walking, there is a lovely cafe inside the building, which is Bessie a park to take a rest and chill. All of this in the Babylon.... hahahha... enjoy

Michael Kantor 3 years ago

The pinacoteca was beautiful. We visited all the major musuems during our stay, and this one was hands down our favorite. The exhibits varied and offered something for everyone. Lots of natural light and beautiful brick walls allowed you to sit and take breaks in peace

Marcia Santos Elder 3 years ago

Well maintained. Nice pieces of Brazilian Art and International Artists. There is a place for kids interact with art through activities. There is a beautiful and clean restroom and a good café with vegan food. Easy access. The Subway station (Luz) is right in front of the entrance. Excellent price ticket.

Tim Rineer 3 years ago

It’s a great place with plenty of beautiful pieces of Brazilian artwork up for display. The exhibits were stunning and allowed for a close, emotional view of the art. Access to the property was free and protected by local government agents, metal detector screening is necessary to access the building.

snowstorm snowflake 3 years ago

lovely and wonderful place to visit, great collection of brasilian art! amazing refurbished colonial building in a beautiful park

Sithanda Ntuka 3 years ago

I loved the museum. It was interactive and had some fun and intriguing pieces

Andrei Firulev 3 years ago

It's very interesting place to visit! Recommended!

Nicole K 3 years ago

Lovely museum of which I could spend hours getting lost in the historical art. Free entry on a saturday is a bonus and a must see if in the city of São Paulo

Cynara Bueno 3 years ago

Beautiful building, great architecture, great exhibitions! It is really a must see in SP! It closes every Tuesday, so be aware, and the adjacent park closes every Monday, so if you want to visit both make sure it is from Wednesday on. R$10 entry free most days, half for students / elderly people.

Javiera Bruna 3 years ago

The architecture of this place is amazing by itself, on top of that you’ll find very interesting exhibitions. The entrance is free on Saturdays, otherwise you have to pay 10 reais (that’s the standard fee; really cheap for what you get to see). I absolutely recommend.

David Maddison 4 years ago

Yes yes yes! Thank you for highlighting the significance and magnificence of so many local artists! This gallery is just brilliant and the collection so refreshing compared to what you’d find in most European or western galleries! Amazing mix of sculpture and traditional mediums and a great exposure for a foreigner like me, from Australia, to the magnificent cultural side of Brazil

kristof bergé 4 years ago

Very interesting and educational museum displaying a large variety of Brazilian art. It has some original ways of displaying the works and helpful guides on how to read art. More than worth its very reasonable R$6,00 entrance fee.

Ratchanee Teepprasan 4 years ago

Very nice museum next to the Lux Park and a traditional Railway Station. It's a small size museum that can be covered in half a day -- which is about the right time for general visitors. (Not too taxing on your feet. Right amount of art appreciation -- not getting bored yet.)

Lorenzo Sola 5 years ago

Really nice place. There is so much things to see in the permanent collection. The building is also really nice to discover. You should try it !

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