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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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Stop Inn Plus Pampulha ¥3,492
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.

    San Diego Suítes Pampulha ¥4,687
    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.

      OYO CHA Pampulha Design Hotel ¥2,767
      OYO CHA Pampulha Design Hotel

      OYO CHA 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 within a 10-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Pampulha Art Museum. Nado Lake Park and Casa do Baile are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Quality Hotel Pampulha ¥5,240
        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).

          Da Orla Pampulha Hostel ¥4,063
          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 10-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirinho Stadium. Brazilian Football Museum and Pampulha Architectural Complex are also within 15 minutes.

            Pousada Sossego da Pampulha ¥4,313
            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.

              OYO Pousada Lagoa ¥2,179
              OYO Pousada Lagoa

              OYO Pousada Lagoa

              Av Otacilio Negrao de Lima, 14950, Jardim Atlantico, Belo Horizonte, MG
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Jardim Atlântico, this pousada is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lagoa Pampulha and Pampulha Art Museum. Pampulha Architectural Complex and Nado Lake Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Hotel Minas Pampulha ¥3,235
                Hotel Minas Pampulha

                Hotel Minas Pampulha

                Avenida Coronel José Dias Bicalho, 1164, Belo Horizonte, MG
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in São José, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lagoa Pampulha and Mineirao Stadium. Church of Saint Francis of Assisi is 1 mi (1.7 km) away.