State Pinacoteca

Founded in 1905, the State Pinacoteca is the oldest art museum in the city. The museum’s collection has around nine thousand works of art, with an emphasis in Brazilian art from the 19th century until present day. It is also famous for the collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin.

The museum’s building, originally designed by architect Ramos de Azevedo, for Liceu de Artes e Ofícios (Technology and Arts school) at the end of the 19th century, was remodeled during the 1990s by the architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

In 1982 the park was considered historical heritage and now holds around fifty sculptures from State Pinacoteca’s collection. Among these artists are Victor Brecheret, Leon Ferrari, Amílcar de Castro, José Resende, Marcelo Nietsche and many others.

Each year Pinacoteca has around thirty exhibitions. The first floor is designated for temporary exhibitions; the pieces from the collection can be seen on the second floor.

On the ground floor visitors will find the pleasant Pinacoteca Cafè, where they can enjoy a cup of coffee or an outdoors lunch, overlooking Luz park, also known as Luz garden, where around fifty sculptures from Pinacoteca collection are exhibited.


  • Address Praça da Luz, 2, Luz, Centro (Luz subway station).
  • Hours Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays until 10 p.m.
  • Phone number (11) 3324-1000

Other information

  • Tickets R$ 4,00 (full price) and R$ 2,00 for students.  Children under 10 years old and elderly (over 60 years old) have free entrance. Free entrance on Thursdays, from 6 p.m. onwards, and on Saturdays during the entire day.
  • Combined tickets (Pinacoteca and Pinacoteca Station –Estação Pinacoteca): R$ 6,00 and R$ 3,00.

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