Pinacoteca do Estado
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Praça da Luz, 2 - Luz

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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This art museum is the oldest in São Paulo and houses an extensive collection of Brazilian art from the 19th century through today. Established in 1905, Pinacoteca do Estado (the Art Gallery of the State of São Paulo) showcases nearly 10,000 pieces of art ranging from paintings and sketches to the on-site sculpture garden (adjacent to Jardim da Luz). Made up of apricot-tinted bricks, the historic building is a picturesque work of art in its own right.

Locals and visitors alike love this museum, noting the facility offers an impressive roster of permanent exhibits and the rotating exhibits are always diverse and interesting. They also say it's worth taking time to admire the building's architecture. Many called it the best museum in the city. A few travelers suggest stopping by the on-site cafe, which overlooks the garden, to enjoy a cappuccino, snack or lunch.

Pinacoteca do Estado sits just north of the city center; the nearest metro stations is Luz. Open Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the museum welcomes adults for 6 reals (about $1.50) and students for 3 reals (less than $1). Children 9 and younger and seniors 60 and older enjoy free admission. Admission is free for all on Saturdays. For additional details, visit the museum's website.

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