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Cultural activities

The city of São Paulo has an intense cultural life and leisure options throughout the year. The São Paulo State capital is home to 362 libraries, 260 movie theaters, 110 museums, 280 theater rooms and other various cultural venues.

We list here some options in concert halls and museums for the participants of the Conference toenjoy during their stay in Sao Paulo.

Many of these attractions are located in the central area of the city where it is necessary to take safety precautions, as mentioned in Security and Health and at the end of this page.

Sala São Paulo

Located in the central area of the capital, the imponent building of the former Sorocabana Railway Station now houses the Sala São Paulo, headquarters of the State Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo (OSESP) and is one of the most important concert houses in the country.

Sala São Paulo
Sala São Paulo - Façade

Sala São Paulo - Interior

During most of the month of July, OSESP makes presentations at the Winter Festival of Campos do Jordão (in Portuguese), outside the capital. Still, in this month, you can watch open rehearsals and performances made by other orchestras.

To view the schedule and forms of access to the Sala São Paulo, visit the Sala São Paulo website (in English).

Address: 16 Júlio Prestes Square, Santa Ifigênia (central region)

Theatro Municipal and Praça das Artes

Theatro Municipal was built in the city of São Paulo as a great symbol of the cosmopolitan aspirations of the early 20th century. Increasingly refined and with more resources from the coffee cycle, São Paulo's high society mirrored in European values and wanted a playhouse compatible with the city's economical value in order to receive great artists of lyrical music and theater.

Today, the Theatro Municipal is still stage to great and varied presentations of music, plays, symphonies, and also receives guided visitations (check dates and times on the site).

Theatro Municipal - Façade

Theatro Municipal - interior

Close to Theatro Municipal, the "Praça das Artes" (Arts Square) began operating in 2013. The square is a cultural complex dedicated to music, dance, theater and exhibitions.

Praça das Artes

In order to check the schedule of Theatro Municipal and Praça das Artes, please visit the Municipal Theater Foundation of São Paulo's website (in Portuguese).

Theatro Municipal Address: (no number) Ramos de Azevedo Square, Sé (central region), São Paulo.

Praça das Artes Address: 281 São João Avenue, Sé (central region), São Paulo.

Theatro São Pedro 

Opened in 1917, the Theatro São Pedro is one of the few remaining assets of a generation of concert halls built between the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, as in our city and as in other urban centers of Brazil and Latin America . Without ceasing to be cozy and intimate, the Theatro São Pedro is a theater whose dimensions provide a privileged acoustics, with properly structured pit that accommodates quite well an orchestra, and blooms in all its potential when this a lyrical composition is staged .

teatro São Pedro
Theatro São Pedro - façade

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the Theatro São Pedro's website (in Portguese).

Address: 207 Doutor Albuquerque Lins Street, Campos Elísios (central region), São Paullo.

São Paulo Cultural Center

A public space of culture and conviviality, São Paulo Cultural Center receives the public on four floors of an area of 46,500 m². Has a set of libraries with multidisciplinary collection of recognized importance. Among these libraries, there is Sergio Milliet Library, the second largest public library in the city of São Paulo and the only one that is open on Sundays and holidays. Other significant collections of São Paulo that can be found in the Cultural Center:  City Art Collection, OneydaAlvarenga Music Records Collection, Mário de Andrade Folkloric Research Mission, Multimedia Archive and  Memory of São Paulo Cultural Center Collection

The Cultural Center has a programming to be  enjoyed freely or at popular prices, with theater, dance and music performances, series focused on literature and poetry, visual arts exhibitions, activities related to the archive, cinema and video projections, workshops, debates and lectures; gardens with trees that survived the subway construction and that provide a counterpoint to theurban visual, sound and the rhythm.

São Paulo Cultural Center - access venue

Cultural Center interior

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the São Paulo Cultural Center's website (In Portuguese).

Address: 1000 Vergueiro Street, Paraíso, São Paulo.

SESC São Paulo

SESC - Social Service of Commerce - is a club where different projects of cultural and educational action are developed, aimed at all audiences, in different age groups and social strata. Among of some offered activities there are theater, music, dance, circus, cinema and video, and foods.

In São Paulo city, SESC is a chain made out of more than 20 unities. Those nearby the hotels recommended to participants of ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting are SESC Consolação (245 Doutor Vila Nova Street, Vila Buarque), SESC Pinheiros (195 Paes Leme Street, Pinheiros), and SESC Pompeia (93 Clélia Street, Pompeia), whose architeture and cultural programming are worthy a visit. 

SESC Pompeia

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the SESC São Paulo website (in Portugueses).

Caixa Cultural São Paulo

With a plural and high quality, free or affordable programming, Caixa Cultural gives Brazilians access to a diversity of art and national culture exhibitions, and also encourages cultural exchanges and the share of experiences, sponsoring events performed by foreign artists.

Inaugurated in 1989, Caixa Cultural São Paulo is located at Praça da Sé, in the Sé Building, built in 1939 to be the headquarters of the Caixa Economica Federal of São Paulo - one of the country's two public banks. It is a historic heritage building,  with the Florisbela de Araújo Rodrigues and Don Pedro II galleries, in addition to the Great Hall where dance  and theater performances, concerts, debates, dramatic readings and lectures are held.

Caixa Cultural Building, São Paulo

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the Caixa Cultural website (in Portuguese).

Address: 111 Praça da Sé, Sé (central region), São Paulo.

Pinacotheca of São Paulo State

Pinacotheca of São Paulo State is a visual arts museum with emphasis on nineteenth century to cotemporary times Brazilian production. Established in 1905 by the São Paulo State Government, it is the oldest museum of the city. It is in the building where the ancient Arts and Crafts Lyceum worked, built in the end of the nineteeth century.

The Pinacotheca's archive has, nowadays, more than 11 thousand artworks. 

Pinacotheca of São Paulo State - façadw

Visiting hours: Wednesday to Monday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: R$6.00 (adults) or R$3.00 (students).
Free on Saturdays. Free for children up to 10 years old and elders than 60 years old.

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the Pinacotheca's website (in English).

Address: 2 Praça da Luz, Luz, São Paulo

São Paulo Museum of Arts - MASP

São Paulo Museum of Arts is a private, non-profit museum built by the Brazilian entrepreneur Assis Chateaubrian in 1947, which turns this museum into the first modern museum of the country.

MASP's archive brings together more than 8 thousand artworks, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photos, clothings of different periods, including Europeanm African, Asian and American productions. Besides its permanent exhibition, MASP has an intense programmimg of temporary exhibitions, courses, lectures, and music, dance and theater performances.

São Paulo Arts Museum

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (box office works up to 5:30 p.m.);
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (box office up to 7:30 p.m.)

R$ 25.00 (regular price)
R$ 12.00 (half-price for studants)
Free entrance on Tuesdays during the whole period (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.)

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the
MASP website (in English).

São Paulo Modern Arts Museum - MAM

Founded in 1948, the São Paulo Modern Arts Museum has a collection of over 5,000 works produced by the most representative names of, specially Brazillian, modern and contemporary art. The Mueum is located inside the Ibirapuera Park.

Both the collection and the exhibitions favor experimentalism, opening to the plurality of the world's artistic production and the diversity of interests of contemporary societies. The main exhibitions are held in two rooms, according to a annual table structured in four seasons. The museum also holds an extensive schedule of activities including courses, seminars, lectures, theater and music performances, video sessions and artistic practices.

Modern Arts Museum - MAM

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Suanday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (box office up to 5:30 p.m.)

Admission: R$6.00 and free on Sandays.
Half-prices are granted to students who present their school's ID card. It is also free for children younger than 10 years old and people elder than 60 years old.

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the MAM website (in English).

Address: Ibirapuera Park, gate 3 - (no number), Pedro Álvares Cabral Avenue, São Paulo.

AfroBrasil Musem

Located in Padre Manoel da Nobrega Hall, also within Ibirapuera Park, the Museum maintains a collection of more than 6,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, documents and ethnical pieces of Brazilian and foreign authors, produced between the eighteenth century and the present day. The collection covers many aspects of African and african-Brazilian cultural universes, covering topics such as religion, work, art, slavery, among others, to record the historical trajectory and the African influences in the construction of Brazilian society.

The Museum shows part of its colection in the Long Term Exhibition, it also shows Temporary Exhibitions and it has an Auditorium and a especialized Library that complete its Cultural Programming throughout the year.

Exhibition in the AfroBrasil Museum

Visiting hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (stay until 6:00 p.m.).

Admission: R$6.00 and free on Sandays.
Half-prices are granted to students who present their school's ID card. It is also free for children younger than 10 years old and people elder than 60 years old.

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the AfroBrasil Museum Website (in English).

Address: Ibirapuera Park, gate 10 - (no number), Pedro Álvares Cabral Avenue, São Paulo.

Museum of Image and Sound - MIS

São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound opened in 1970. Its collection includes more than 200 thousand items such as photographs, films, videos and posters. In addition toregular exhibitions and  film shows, MIS has a diversified cultural program for all audiences and it opens space for new artists who, through a selection process, display their work in photography programs, films, dance and music.

It has been the most visited Mueum in the State of São Paulo in the last years. 

Museum of Image and Sound - MIS

Visiting hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sandays and Holidays, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Admission: Prices vary according to the temporary exhibition or show.

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the MIS website (in English).

Address: 158 Europa Avenue, Jardim Europa, São Paulo.

Football Museum

Visiting the Football Museum is going twentieth century Brazil and perceiving how our habits, traditions, and behaviors are inseparable from the this sport history.

Installed in an 6.900m² area, the Football Museum preserves in its original lines an imposing public heritage and reveals the architecture of Pacaembu Stadium, where it is located.

Football Museum was conceived as a sequence of playful experiences that relate the sport to Brazilian life in the twentieth century. A true "themed park" around the passion that football arouses.

Exhibition in the Football Museum

Visiting hours: Tuesdays to Fridays – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (stay up to 5:00 p.m.)

Admission:  R$ 9.00 (regular price); R$ 4.50 (half-price for students)
Free to: children up to 7 years old (it is necessary to present an ID card) and São Paulo public schools' teachers.

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the Football Museum website (in English).

Address: (no number) Charles Miller Square, Pacaembu, São Paulo

Tomie Ohtake Institute

Tomie Ohtake Institute, opened in November 2001. It stands out for being one of the few areas of the city of São Paulo specially designed, architectural and conceptually speaking, to carry out national and international exhibitions of visual arts, architecture and design. Once it pays homage to the artist that gives it its name, the Institute develops exhibitions that focus on the last 60 years of the art scene, or previous movements that lead to better understand the period in which Tomie Ohtake is acting, organizing never seen exhibitions in Brazil, such as Louise Bourgeois, Josef Albers, Yayoi Kusama, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, among others.

Tomie Ohtake - fachada

Visiting hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Admissions:  Generally, free admission. Only some specific temporary exhibitions are charged with variable prices. 

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the Tomie Ohtake Institute website (in English).

Address: 201 Brigadeiro Faria Lima Avenue (Entrance by 88 Coropés Street), Pinheiros, São Paulo.

Museum of Sacred Art - MAS

Museum of Sacred Art of São Paulo is the outcome of a arrangement between São Paulo State Government and São Paulo Archdiocesan Mitra, built in 1970. The collection consists of religious objects of aesthetic or historical value.

São Paulo Museum of Sacred Art - façade

Visiting hours: Tuesdays  to Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  (box office works until 6:30 p.m.)

Admissions: Free on Saturdays; other days: R$6.00 - Exemptions to: children up to 7 years old, public schools' teachers (with identifications) accompanied up to 4 persons. 

In order to see the programming and check for directions, visit the Museum of Sacred Art website (in English).

Address: 676 Tiradentes Avenue, Luz (central region), São Paulo.

Other cultural activities in São Paulo

By clicing on the links below, you can find other informations on cultural events and leisure activities in São Paulo written in English:

Safety hints

Although São Paulo is going through revitalization projects and several of the suggested addresses are close to subway stations, we recommend you not to walk alone in the central region. Redouble the safety measures and, specially at night, use taxi services.

ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting   
International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)   
Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia (ABFHiB)   
São Paulo, Brazil, 16 to 21 July, 2017   

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July, 2017

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