The Museu de Arte Contemporanea is located at the Universidade de Sao Paulo. Exhibiting the artwork of renowned artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani, as well as Brazilian natives Amaral, Portinari and more, the MAC is open Tuesday through Friday, as well as throughout the weekend, with free admission. For more information, call 11-3091-3018.
The Solar da Marquesa de Santos is a manor house from the 18th century and was once home to the mistress of the reigning emperor. Now a museum dedicated to the display of exhibits featuring local artists, the SMS charges no admission fee and is open Tuesday through Sunday with daytime hours. For more information, call 11-3105-2030.
The Catedral de Se is a large neo-gothic cathedral boasting 14 towers. Popular at this location is the crypt tour, costing R$3. For more information and hours of operation, call 11-3107-6832.
The Museu de Arte Moderna is home to more than four thousand pieces of artwork, and sculpture. Recognized artists from around the world are featured at the MAM, as well as local artists from Brazil. Admission is R$5.5, but visitors on Sundays get in for free. The museum is open with daytime hours from Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, call 11-5549-9688.
The Museu de Arte Sacra features more than four thousand religious articles from around the Brazil, and from around the world. Some of these masks, pieces of jewelry and religious relics date from the 17th century. Admission is R$4 with museum hours on Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, call 11-3326-1373.
Further explore the night life of Sao Paulo with trips to Bar Brahma, Barnaldo Lucrecia, the Blen Blen Brasil dance club, Frango and Grazie a Dio. Known as a trend-setting city, new bars can open and close in a matter of weeks or months - so explore with a spirit of adventure - you may find the next hottest place to be!
Children will enjoy the Planetario, newly reopened in 2006 after a long renovation. Located in Ibirapuera Park, the building is shaped like a flying saucer, and was the first planetarium built in the Southern hemisphere. For more information, hours and show information, call 11-5575-5206.
By Sandy Baker