Recife Culture and Art Museums Walk, Recife

The population of Recife created a very colorful and rich art within the city and Brazil. The art galleries and art museums in Recife will open up a beautiful world of the creative people that live here. Take this walk to see some of the most interesting and famous art exhibitions in Recife.
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Recife Culture and Art Museums Walk Map

Guide Name: Recife Culture and Art Museums Walk
Guide Location: Brazil » Recife (See other walking tours in Recife)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: alice
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Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães (MAMAM)

1) Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães (MAMAM) (must see)

MAMAM is an amazing place to enjoy and learn about the fascinating modern art of Brazil. The museum is located within a beautiful 19th-century mansion and was established in 1997. There are three floors and seven exhibition halls that show temporary and permanent exhibitions by modern artists in Brazil – among them the well-known Francisco Brennand. The museum also has a specialized library, a super cool gift shop, and a lovely café.

Why You Should Visit:
Clean and pleasant environment; the quality of the curatorship makes all the difference, but the mansion housing it is a big draw because it adds a particular charm.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 12-6pm; Sat, Sun: 1-5pm
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Museu da Imagem e do Som de Pernambuco (MISPE)

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

Museum of Image and Sound of Pernambuco is an engaging museum established in 1970 to show the music and audiovisual culture of Pernambuco. It started with recorded interviews of famous people from Pernambuco and at present is has a great collection with over six thousand items (audio tapes, films/documentaries, books, photographs, postcards, posters, photographs and many others). The museum is located in a beautiful four-story, 19th century Beaux Arts building. The museum is open Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 until 17:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 13:00 until 17:00.
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Espaço Pasárgada

3) Espaço Pasárgada

Espaço Pasárgada is a museum that displays a great collection about the life and creations of the famous poet Manuel Bandeira. The museum is located within his grandfather’s two-story mansion that was built in 1825 and is a neoclassical architectural beauty itself. The collection includes works, photos, articles, movies and other memorabilia. The place is also used for different literary events. Espaço Pasárgada is located in the Rua União, between Rua Riachuelo and Rua Princesa Izabel, right near the Agência do Trabalho (Employment Agency). The museum is opened on Mondays – Fridays from 8:00 until 16:00.
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Museu Franciscano de Arte Sacra

4) Museu Franciscano de Arte Sacra (must see)

The Franciscan Museum of Sacred Art simply displays amazing religious art objects. Among them are precious images, pictures, candleholders, candles, furniture, an altar, a crucifix dating to 1751 and many other fascinating objects. The museum is established within the adjacent Convent of St. Anthony, in the famous Golden Chapel of Recife (Capela Dourada), a magnificent colonial baroque church built in 1697.

Why You Should Visit:
Formidable edifice. Lots of gold. Guide on the spot.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm; Sat: 8-11:30am
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Centro de Design do Recife

5) Centro de Design do Recife

Design Center of Recife was established in 2008. It aims to facilitate the communications, trade and promotion of the art of design. The center has an exhibition space as well as classes, courses and meetings for professionals, students and the general public. They also have publications on the subjects. It is located in the Pátio de São Pedro, taking the turn from Pation from the Avenida Dantas Barreto, second building from right. The Center is open Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 until 17:00.
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Museu de Arte Popular (MAP)

6) Museu de Arte Popular (MAP)

Folk Art Museum is a specialty museum. It displays folk art objects made by artists, mainly from Caruaru and Tracunhaém, but also from the northeast part of Brazil. Among the artists on display are Mestre Vitalino, Mestre Vitalino, Zé Caboclo and many others. The majority of works are clay or ceramics. MAP is located within the Pátio de São Pedro, to the left of the São Pedro Cathedral. The museum is open Mondays – Fridays from 8:00 until 17:00.

Walking Tours in Recife, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Recife

Create Your Own Walk in Recife

Creating your own self-guided walk in Recife 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.
Recife Religious Sights Walk

Recife Religious Sights Walk

Recife is a beautiful city with a large number of fascinating churches. The majority of them were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here is a walk to see some of the most beautiful and well-known religious sites in Recife's downtown.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Bairro do Recife Walk

Bairro do Recife Walk

Recife is an old city and the Bairro do Recife is one of the oldest parts of it. When the city was established in 16th century, Bairro do Recife was the original settlement and the entire city grew from there. The sights, architectural views and attractions within this neighborhood are striking. Take this walk to see some of the most remarkable spots in the Bairro do Recife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Recife History Museums Walk

Recife History Museums Walk

Recife is a city with a very rich culture due to its inhabitants, local Indians, slaves and settlers, as well as Dutch people who had a colony here for about twenty years. As a result, the museums that can be enjoyed in this city are diverse and very interesting, especially those telling the history of the place. Take this walk that will lead you to the most interesting and famous history museums of Recife.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Bairro Santo Antonio Walk in Recife

Bairro Santo Antonio Walk in Recife

Santo Antonio is a beautiful part of old Recife. It has some very interesting and fascinating tourist attractions, striking sights, historical and architectural views, old churches and picturesque squares. Take this walk to see some of the most popular tourist attractions of Santo Antonio in Recife.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

In addition to the many rivers, bridges and peninsulas making up most of what's unique about Recife, the main city of the Brazilian state Pernambuco is also famous for its historic downtown area originated in the 16th century. Follow this orientation walk and learn about the past and present of this exiting destination!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Recife 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 Recife 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 Recife, 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.