Museums Tour in Salvador, Salvador (Self Guided)

Salvador has a very rich artistic, religious and cultural heritage that is represented in its diverse museums. Museu de Arte da Bahia, the city’s oldest museum, is a must-see, and its religious museums are famous for their priceless sacred pieces. The following tour offers a unique journey to Salvador’s most popular museums.
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Museums Tour in Salvador Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour in Salvador
Guide Location: Brazil » Salvador (See other walking tours in Salvador)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: vickyc
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Museu Eugênio Teixeira Leal

1) Museu Eugênio Teixeira Leal

Museu Eugênio Teixeira Leal, one of Salvador’s most important museums, is located in Pelourinho, the historic city center. Here you can see bold and radical contemporary art, video and photography by many local artists, including rotating temporary exhibits.
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Museu da Misericórdia

2) Museu da Misericórdia (must see)

Museu da Misericórdia, located in Santa Casa da Misericórdia, a Portuguese Catholic institution opened in 1549, is dedicated to the country’s history in medicine. It had been a clay hospital that was replaced by this complex built around two cloisters and a church in 1697. Portraits of notable city figures who donated funds for this museum can be found inside. It is open from Tuesday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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Museu de Arte Sacra

3) Museu de Arte Sacra (must see)

Museu de Arte Sacra contains Brazil’s best collection of Catholic art. Housed in the former Convent of Saint Teresa of Avila, the architecture itself is considered a work of art. On display you will see oil paintings, a cabinet with a crucifix, precious metalwork, wooden statues and religious items made of silver from the 18th century.
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Mam Museu de Arte Moderna

4) Mam Museu de Arte Moderna (must see)

Museu de Arte Moderna, located in a 16th century building on the shores of the Bay of Todos os Santos, was established in the early 1960s. One of twelve state museums, it is part of the Institute of Artistic and Cultural Heritage and has the country’s best exhibits of modern art. It contains eight exhibition halls, a theater, a library and a workshop that offers courses in painting, modeling, engraving, ceramics, drawing and sculpture.
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Museu de Arte da Bahia

5) Museu de Arte da Bahia (must see)

Museu de Arte da Bahia, established in 1918, is one of Brazil’s oldest museums. It boasts a priceless collection of art from eight decades. Paintings from the collection of Dr. Jonathan Abbott and decorative arts from Dr. Goes Calmon can be found here. Housed in Victoria Palace, temporary exhibitions of traditional Brazilian art, as well as concerts and other events, take place here regularly.

Walking Tours in Salvador, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Salvador

Create Your Own Walk in Salvador

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salvador is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Churches Tour in Salvador

Churches Tour in Salvador

Salvador’s historic district contains many old Catholic churches with wonderful architecture and history. It has so many that some joke that one can visit a different church in Salvador each day of the year. Take the following tour to discover the city’s best churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The main city of Brazilian state of Bahia, Salvador is a tasty cocktail of Portuguese, African and Brazilian cultures manifested in the colonial architecture set against a luring, tropical coastline. This walking tour takes you to the historic heart of the city which has retained much of its old-time atmosphere, reflected in the cobblestone alleys, large squares, colorful facades and numerous...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Waterfront Tour in Salvador

Waterfront Tour in Salvador

Salvador’s waterfront contains numerous tourist attractions, including an old lighthouse, a city landmark, museums, art galleries and of course the beach. Take the following tour to discover the area surrounding Salvador’s waterfront.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Lower City Tour in Salvador

Lower City Tour in Salvador

Salvador is divided into the historic Upper City, and the Lower City located on the waterfront. The Lower City has a great view of the Bay of All Saints and magnificent buildings, monuments and fountains. Take the following tour to see the best spots in this area of Salvador.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
South Salvador Tour

South Salvador Tour

South Salvador contains several great attractions worth seeing, with many architectural sites along the historic Avenida de Sete Septembrio. Several squares, monuments and sculptures can also be found in this part of the city. Take the following tour to discover the great attractions on Salvador’s south side.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Shopping Tour in Salvador

Shopping Tour in Salvador

Salvador is a paradise for shoppers where you can find arts, crafts and anything else for sale on its historic streets at very reasonable prices. Take the following tour to discover Salvador’s best stores, markets and shopping districts.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Salvador for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Salvador has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Salvador, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.