Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo

Praca da Luz 2, Sao Paulo


The Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo is one of the most important art museums in the city. It exhibits mainly contemporary visual arts with a particular highlight on Brazilian art from 19th century till now. It is housed in a 1900 building since 1905 and is, thus, the oldest art museum in the city.

The Pinacoteca's collection is based on the 26 works then belonging to State Museum. During 100 years of its existence it has accumulated a large collection of 9,000 pieces. those represent of Brazilian art, especially 19th century paintings and sculptures, European paintings, decorative arts, etc.

The first floor serves as temporary exhibitions' hall. The second floor holds the permanent exhibitions and most importantly Tactile Gallery. The Gallery holds 12 works for blind people to touch, feel the texts in braille and listen the audio guide.

On the ground floor exhibits Via Crucis, comprised of 26 sculptures. Plan your visit to the museum each day of the week from 10 am to 5.30 pm, except Tuesdays! On Saturdays museum offers free admission.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Fri

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:30

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  • Andrés Suárez

    - 07 September 2018 -

    I really enjoy the Pinacoteca. a beautiful building and a permanent collection worth spending a few hours. other exhibitions can be very good. One of the nicest features is the tactile sculpture area which has been made for the blind to be able to discover the sculptures

  • Salmodia

    - 05 September 2018 -

    Variedade de obras originais interessantes, com algumas réplicas e trabalhos nada significativos. Tudo meio misturado. Na minha visita, um amigo foi atacado por alguém que parecia estar tendo um ataque psicótico e descobrimos que não havia segurança no lugar. Estudantes e empregados (não ligados à segurança) tiveram de conter a pessoa em crise. Ninguém se aproximou de nós para saber se precisávamos de algo. Um ato de violência física foi simplesmente ignorado. Suponho que outras coisas do tipo aconteçam lá dentro e, infelizmente, não há a presença de pessoas preparadas para garantir a segurança dos visitantes.

  • kristof bergé

    - 03 August 2018 -

    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.

  • Marcia Santos Elder

    - 19 July 2018 -

    Well maintained. Nice pieces of Brazilian Art and International Artists. There are 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.

  • David M

    - 23 June 2018 -

    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

  • Dado Motta - MANDALA

    - 17 June 2018 -

    Nice state biulding. Great for travelers and citizens. Only need my art inside to get more quality!

  • Cezar Reggio

    - 06 June 2018 -

    Good spot for contemplating contemporary art. It's hard to find parking and the place its located could be dangerous. Don't forget to visit the coffee shop at base floor. Well recommended!

  • Ratchanee Teepprasan

    - 13 May 2018 -

    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.)

  • Tom

    - 02 May 2018 -

    Great cheap art modern art museum, covers the last 300 years or so of Brazilian and foreign artists with permanent and temporary exhibitions. Free entry on Saturdays, otherwise R$6/R$3. All exhibits have English translations on cards you can pick up and read - I didn't notice anything missing between them and the originals.

  • Diego Martinez

    - 30 April 2018 -

    A good place to go with your family. Lots of culture and art with amazing architecture. Totally recommended for tourists or even locals with the dislike of never having gone

  • Rodrigo Souto

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Que museu legal. Grandes obras em exposição. Imperdível.

  • Glauco Melo

    - 23 May 2018 -

    Lugar lindo!!!!

  • Camila M. de Freitas

    - 18 May 2018 -

    Linda e bem grande. Reservar o dia para ver tudo.

  • ettas

    - 29 April 2018 -

    Hermoso lugar, si vas a SP debes ir a PINA_

  • Renata Guerra

    - 27 April 2018 -

    Sensacional! Lugar lindo!

  • Giancarlo Conti

    - 23 April 2018 -

    Visita imperdível!

  • Alexandra Rosin

    - 22 April 2018 -

    Exposição Hilma af Klint está sensacional! Emociona...

  • Cicero Cruz

    - 21 April 2018 -

    Exposição do Klint

  • Camila M. de Freitas

    - 13 April 2018 -

    Vá cedo para ver tudo!

  • Débora

    - 24 March 2018 -

    Vale a pena passar uma tarde!

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