Sao Paulo is a hectic city to say the least. In many respects, it is like Mumbai of Brazil. Unlike Brazilians at large, people here are mostly all business and are not laid back. In such an environment, it is important for people to have places that slow things down and give everybody a moment to relax & ponder. While there are number of parks in Sao Paulo to serve that purpose, the city is also blessed with numerous museums. These are fabulous attractions to spend your day/s while knowing the pulse & history of the city/country
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, is an oldest Art Museum in Sao Paulo. Situated just next to Luz Metro Station in Downtown, it is easily accessible from every corner of the city. After collecting our entry tickets & depositing our bags at the baggage counter (yes it happens in Brazil too!!), we made our way into the museum through a security check.
The museum is spread across 3 floors and has an architecture that permits lot of natural light to seep through. It has an extensive collection of paintings & sculptures both from 19th century and contemporary times. Via paintings, it also captures Portuguese influence and connection in Brazil. There are reading rooms available where one can catch up on colonial history and what formed present day Brazil. On weekends, there is always a band playing in the museum and that lends a good ambience to the whole experience. Facility has a café as well in case one wants to grab a quick bite.
Museu do Futebol (Football Museum)
In line with popular perception, Brazilians love football and they have a full-fledged football museum to prove that. It is one the best places that we have been to in our travels around the world after Museum of Modern Art, Boston.
It is situated inside Estádio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, also known as Estádio do Pacaembu. Nearest metro station is Paulista which is about 2 km easy walk from the museum. The place has enough parking in case one is coming in a car. Inaugurated in 2008, this place captures the Brazilian football history. Inside, one can view various interviews related to important matches in past, listen to radio commentary archives of famous goals etc. There is an interesting video that is showcased in the museum that takes visitor through ‘The Maracanazo’ .The video captures the Brazil defeat to Uruguay in 1950 World Cup final and its impact on Brazilian people. By lunch time, numerous food vendors pitch their tent in the car park and it’s a party atmosphere for both vendors & visitors.
- Museum entry is free on every Saturday. If your itinerary permits, plan accordingly.
- There is a facility to take virtual penalty kick at Football Museum. Do not miss it.
- Pasties & Sugarcane juice in the car park is both filling & satisfying. Must do to complete your experience.