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Pampulha Art Museum

An architecturally impressive lakeside gallery and gardens celebrate Brazilian art from the 19th century onward with an emphasis on stateside artists. 

Exhibitions of modern and contemporary art are on display in the Pampulha Art Museum (Museu de Arte da Pampulha or MAP). Spot masterpieces sourced from the museum’s collection of around 1,500 works by Brazilian artists. In addition to the exhibitions, the Pampulha Art Museum puts on regular public events such as concerts, debates and workshops. 

The museum building itself is a work of art and was created by the acclaimed national architect Oscar Niemeyer. Originally built as a casino in 1940, a nationwide ban on gambling in 1946 lead to it being unused for about a decade. It became a museum in 1957, which saw the spacious rooms with mirror-covered walls redesigned into gallery halls. Outside, native plants and sculptures by Alfredo Ceschiatti and José Pedrosa are part of the Roberto Burle Marx-designed garden. 

On a visit you can see landscapes by Alberto da Veiga Guignard, paintings of colorful urban scenes by Emiliano Di Cavalcanti and expressionist pieces by Iberê Camargo. There are also sculptures by Amilicar de Castro, Franz Weissman and Tomie Ohtake. Browse a display of Brazilian engravings, most notably by Oswaldo Goeldi. 

The museum forms part of the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Pampulha Architectural Complex, which became a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016. This series of buildings set around Lake Pampulha is widely considered to be Niemeyer’s first recognized works. One of the major highlights is the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, characterized by its curving parabolas and mosaics. The Casa do Baile is a café and cultural center set on its own island. 

Located on the northern banks of Lake Pampulha, the museum is 9 miles (15 kilometers) north of Belo Horizonte’s city center. The most convenient way to get here is to take a taxi. Free parking is available, if you arrive via car. You can get here by public bus, but you’ll need to change lines several times. 

Pampulha Art Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free.


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Pampulha Design Hotel ¥3,922
Pampulha Design Hotel

Pampulha Design Hotel

Av. Octacilio Negrão de Lima, 16410, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jardim Atlântico, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lagoa Pampulha and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Mineirao Stadium. Pampulha Art Museum and Casa do Baile are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Nobile Inn Pampulha ¥3,399
    Nobile Inn Pampulha

    Nobile Inn Pampulha

    Av Professor Magalhaes Penido 378, Belo Horizonte
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pampulha, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Lagoa Pampulha and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mineirao Stadium and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi. Pampulha Architectural Complex and Casa do Baile are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      San Diego Suítes Pampulha ¥4,392
      San Diego Suítes Pampulha

      San Diego Suítes Pampulha

      Avenida Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 1624, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in São Luiz, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mineirao Stadium and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi.

        Stop Inn Plus Pampulha ¥3,741
        Stop Inn Plus Pampulha

        Stop Inn Plus Pampulha

        Avenida das Palmeiras, 743, Sao Luiz, Belo Horizonte, MG
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in São José, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.

          Pousada Sossego da Pampulha ¥4,283
          Pousada Sossego da Pampulha

          Pousada Sossego da Pampulha

          Av. Cel. José Dias Bicalho, 1258, São Luiz, Belo Horizonte, MG
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in São José, this pousada is within a 15-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

            Allia Gran Hotel Pampulha Suites ¥4,488
            Allia Gran Hotel Pampulha Suites

            Allia Gran Hotel Pampulha Suites

            Rua Intendente Camara, 540, Liberdade, Belo Horizonte, MG
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Indaiá, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Federal University of Minas Gerais, Pampulha Architectural Complex, and Casa do Baile. Mineirao Stadium is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. Primeiro De Maio Station is 24 minutes by foot.

              Da Orla Pampulha Hostel ¥3,237
              Da Orla Pampulha Hostel

              Da Orla Pampulha Hostel

              Av. Octacilio Negrão de Lima, 2077, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, MG
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in São Luiz, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha, Mineirao Stadium, and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi. Mineirinho Stadium and Brazilian Football Museum are also within 15 minutes.

                Quality Hotel Pampulha ¥4,526
                Quality Hotel Pampulha

                Quality Hotel Pampulha

                Av. Presidente Antonio Carlos, 7456, Belo Horizonte, MG
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Pampulha, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lagoa Pampulha, Mineirao Stadium, and Church of Saint Francis of Assisi. Pampulha Architectural Complex and Casa do Baile are also within 1 mi (2 km).