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Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP

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Bela Vista
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Address: Avenida Paulista 1578 | Jardins,, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01310-200, Brazil
Phone Number:
+55 11 3149 5959
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Elevated over a concrete platform used for concerts and a weekly crafts...

Elevated over a concrete platform used for concerts and a weekly crafts fair, the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (São Paulo Art Museum, abbreviated MASP) is itself a work of art; the building is an imposing Modernist box suspended under two bright red concrete supports. Featuring classical European names such as Gauguin, Goya and Gainsborough, the museum also holds one of the largest collections of Brazilian and other Latin American artists on the continent.

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If you do find yourself with nothing to do, MASP is always a must. The permanent collection is always impressive, and the museum's architecture already makes the visit worth it.

Reviewed 8 November 2013
Cissa C
Chamonix, France
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

They have not done enough with this building, it could be so much more as far as exhibitions are concerned as is in need of repair and window clean. Anyway, it was interesting and has an interesting collection from various artists and eras. We saw the Lucien Freud exhibition which was really good, and beautifully displayed for the etchings and... More 

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Lenexa, KS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2013

We were disappointed. The architectural structure of the facility was interesting on the outside, but the museum was very disjointed and did not flow well on the inside. Some of the exhibits in my opinion were shallow and artistically irrelevant. Video of people taking their clothes off? Video of hostage situations where the bad guy is shot? Pictures of fire... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2013

I visited this art museum as it was just steps away from my hotel. It has an imposing view from outside, but once you are inside, you can see that the building isn't kept in good condition. However, an art museum is about art and in that respect, it did well. At that time, they had the photography biennale and... More 

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Chamonix, France
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

If you do find yourself with nothing to do, MASP is always a must. The permanent collection is always impressive, and the museum's architecture already makes the visit worth it.

Thank Cissa C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2013

In the most famous avenue of the city,the Paulista Avenue, you can find this iconic museum,the MASP, by subway the best way to arrive is stopping on the station of Masp-Trianon. The building is a brand of S.Paulo,impossible to not see it or found it. The museum is a trip to the past and arriving to the present,you can find... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Had a bit of time inbetween meetings and decided to pop into the Museum of Art. It didn't start well with the ticket guy lying about not having change to give me. The museum itself is a bit weird. In a modern building but on the whole filled with traditional art works, including some from the major masters. The building... More 

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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

If you love art, any expression of it, you should go to the MASP, you won't regret it. It's located in Paulista Avenue

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

MASP, or Sao Paulo Museum of Art, is a beautiful place to visit. Its located at Paulista Avenue, a very beautiful and corwded avenue in Sao Paulo; The architecture is amazing, idealized by Assis Chateaubriand, and it has about 8,000 pieces. Some very famous, like Van Gogh and Monet, some very modern! Great place!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Located in the heart of the financial district, the museum is a modern free standing structure with great and very important works of art. The entrance was around 8 USD at the time and you wont need to be there for more than 2 hours, as its not that big. It is also a great place to stop by when... More 

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Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

I have visited the museum on a thursday and it was reasonably empty with just some field art classes going on. I liked the permanent exhibition with paintings ranging from Monet to Modigliani. The special exhibit with Lucian Freud printings and paintings was magnificent! A must see! The building is well kept and spacious. The restaurant on the lowest level,... More 

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