Recife, Brazil » Entertainment » Exhibitions

  • The Museum of Pernambuco State (Museu do Estado de Pernambuco)

Established in 1940, this museum is housed in a 19th century mansion which originally belonged to Dr. Augusto Frederico de Oliveira. The museum inhabits space of 9,043sq. metres decorated with carved gardens and ceramic artefacts. It exhibits portraits, paintings, prints, photos, sculptures, armour, pottery, furniture, jewellery of early settlements, Colonial period, Dutch colony till the 20th and 21st century. It has over 12 thousand art pieces which describe the journey of Recife through the ages. It is also home to "Salao de Arte Contemporanea de Pernambuco" - Presentation of the work of local artists.

Address: Avenue Rui Barbosa, 960, Graças 52011-040 Recife

Tel: +55 813427-9322 / +55 813427-0766

  • Museu do Homem do Nordeste (Northeastern Man Museum)

This museum holds a huge collection of art pieces describing the culture of Pernambuco state. The collections are distributed into three main exhibition themes namely the sugar-cane production cycle, the northeastern man’s life style and the folklore and their religious habits. Many seminars are held at the museum to discuss the culture of Pernambuco.

Address: Avenue 17, 2187, Maison Forte (Zone Norde), Recife.

Tel: +55 813441-5500

  • Museu Murillo La Greca

Inaugurated in 1985, the Museum Murillo La Greca is dedicated to the famous painter Murillo La Greca whose dreams were fulfilled through the opening of the museum. This museum is one of the famous spot for art-lovers. It contains over 1,400 drawings in crayon and pastel and 160 paintings (landscapes, portraits) by painter Murillo La Greca. The museum also exhibits discs, books, furniture from various eras.

Address: Rua Leonardo Bezerra Cavalcanti 366, Parnamirim, Zonta Norte, Recife.

Tel: +55 813232 4276

  • Instituto Ricardo Brennand (Ricardo Brennand Institute)

Ricardo Brennand Institute is an educational institution cum organization that manages a museum, an art gallery, a library and a large park. Ricardo Brennand is the initiator and owner of this institute. An assortment of artefacts are exhibited from many different sites and era, right from the Middle Ages to the European civilization till the 15th century, the Colonial Brazil, Dutch Brazil, and Brazil in the present century.

Address: Antonio Brennand Avenue, Varzea (Zone West), Recife.

Tel: +55 81 2121-0352 / +55 81 2121-0365.

  • Gilberto Freyre Foundation

Gilberto Freyre Foundation is located in the Vivenda Santo Antonio de Apipucos which was the house of Gilberto Freyre for over 40 years. This 18th century villa, exhibits paintings and objects collected by the Freyre family. They include sacred Catholic paintings, pieces of African origin, Portuguese tiles, Brazilian artwork, English and Portuguese silverware plus a book collection as well as other literature related objects.

Address: R. Dois Irmãos, 320, Apipucos CEP 52071-440 Recife

Tel: +55 813441-1733

  • Museu do Trem (Train Museum)

This is a fascinating museum situated in the old Central Train Station. Though, it is now used as the central station for Recife's subway system, it holds exhibitions offering some amazing artefacts.

Address: Estacco Central, Praca Visconde de Maua, Sao Jose (Centro), Recife.

Tel: +55 81 3224-4620.

  • Francisco Brennand Ceramic Shop

Fransico Brennand was one of the most important and famous names in contemporary sculptures in Brazil. The shop is located in an old brick factory that belonged to Francisco’s family. He likes to exhibit his ceramic work in open spaces like gardens.

Address: Propriedade Saints Cosme and Damiao, near Caxanga Avenue and Street Gastao Vidigal, Lamb, Zone West, Recife

  • Museu da Cidade do Recife (Recife City Museum)

The museum is located in the 17th century Cinco Pontas Fortress. It exhibits artefacts, collections, objects and reproductions of old paintings which portray bygone Recife since the time the Dutch ruled it.

Address: Forte das Cinco Pontas, Sao Jose (Centro), Recife

Tel: +55 81 3224-8492.

  • Museu Franciscano de Arte Sacra

Museu Franciscano de Arte Sacra is a museum dedicated to preserving objects related to worship and religious art. The museum was inaugurated in 1974 and is located in Convent of San Antonia, a part of the Golden Chapel. The collections at the museum include paramentos liturgical, furniture carving, pieces of worship in precious metals as ostensórios, turíbulos, tocheiros and candlesticks, statues and other objects baroque. Among the religious objects displayed here, an interesting one is the first image of Sagrado Coração de Jesus de Pernambuco.

Address: Santo Antonio de Sao Francisco Convent. Rua Imperador Pedro II, Santo Antonio, Centro, Recife

  • Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães – MAMAM

Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães (MAMAM) is a museum created in 1997 within the Galeria Metropolitana de Arte Aloísio Magalhãe located opposite the Capibaribe River. The museum is divided into three floors and its main objectives are to promote modern and contemporary art of North-eastern Brazil. The exhibitions have showcased displays of various artists such as Basquiat, Cildo Meireles, Antonio Dias, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuschwander and Jarbas Lopes. There is also a permanent exhibition on display depicting various works of modern art. The new annex of MAMAM attached to the Patio in St.Peter’s square holds frequent seminars and discussions.

Address: Rua da Aurora, 265, Boa Vista Recife

Tel: +55 81 3232-2188

  • Museu da Imagem e do Som de Pernambuco (MISPE)

The Museum of Image and Sound of Pernambuco was founded on October 13, 1970. Its main purpose is to document and broadcast the culture of Pernambuco. The MISPE collections include more than 6 thousand pieces of discs, audio tapes, posters, postcards, photographs and slides. It has a compilation of 100 films/documentaries, books and magazines. MISPE auditorium seating accommodates 50 visitors where you can watch films. It is open everyday from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and weekends 1 pm to 5pm.

Address: Rua da Aurora, 469 - Boa Vista, Recife

Tel: +55 81 221-4990 / +55 81 231-2716