museums to visit in salvador: 9 free and paid options

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Salvador is a city full of history, culture and art. And for those who want to know a little more about the history and culture of the city, museums are a great option. The first museums in Salvador were created in the nineteenth century, with the aim of preserving the culture and history of the city. Since then, several museums have been created in the city, each with its own history, cultural importance and with its varied areas, such as archeology and ethnology.

In this article, we will present the best museums in the capital of Bahia, both free and paid, for you to visit and learn a little more about the city. Your Friday will never stand still again.

1. Museums in Salvador to know:

Casa do Rio Vermelho: a return to the past

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The address of Casa do Rio Vermelho is Rua Alagoinhas, number 33 in the Rio Vermelho neighborhood in Salvador.

Casa Rio Vermelho is open for visitation from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 18 pm.

The value of the ticket is $ 20 reais. There is half-price for seniors, students and residents in Salvador (with presentation of proof of residence documents).

The visit to the Casa do Rio Vermelho museum is free on Wednesdays.

The phone of Casa Rio Vermelho is (71) 3104-4659, through this number you can contact and take your questions.

red river house

Located in the Rio Vermelho district, Casa do Rio Vermelho is one of the most interesting museums in Salvador. The house was the residence of the writer Jorge Amado and his wife, the writer Zélia Gattai. The site has been preserved exactly as it was when the couple lived there, and visitors can view many of their personal possessions and artwork, as well as explore the beautiful gardens. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the life and work of one of Bahia's greatest writers, as well as being a fantastic way to tell the story of Jorge Amado from his own home.

MAM Museum of Modern Art of Bahia: a walk at sunset

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The address of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia is Av. Lafayete Coutinho, s/n in the Commerce neighborhood in Salvador.

The Museum of Modern Art of Bahia is open for exhibitions from Tuesday to Sunday, from 13 hours to 18 hours. 

The cinema and café of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia is open from Monday to Monday, from 13 hours to 19 hours.

Admission to the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia is free every day.

The phone number of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia is (71) 3117-6132, through this number you can contact and take your questions.

catwalk of the bahia modern art museum

The Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia MAM is one of the most important museums of modern art in Brazil. Located in Solar do Unhão, in a green area by the sea, the museum offers a collection of over a thousand works, including paintings, sculptures and photographs. The museum also has a varied cultural program, including exhibitions, concerts and theatrical performances. It is worth visiting the museum in the late afternoon and enjoying one of the best sunsets in Salvador.

In addition to the exhibitions, the Museum of Modern Art of Salvador is already an important architectural work The architect designed, for example, the famous spiral staircase leading to the entrance of the museum, as well as many other structural and decorative elements.

The architect designed, for example, the famous spiral staircase that gives access to the museum entrance, in addition to several other structural and decorative elements.

A curiosity of the MAM is the internal beach of the building, of restricted access by foot. To get there, you must go to the beach next door and take a small boat, which usually costs around R$5 reais.

internal view of the bahia modern art museum with lina bo bardi stairs

Bahia Nautical Museum: an incredible view of Todos os Santos Bay

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The address of the Museu Náutico da Bahia is Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra – Largo do Farol da Barra, s/n – Barra, Salvador.

The Museu Náutico da Bahia is open for visits every day from 9 am to 6 pm.

Admission to the Museu Náutico da Bahia is R$15 reais. Half-price tickets are available for seniors, students, and teachers. Residents of Salvador pay R$10 reais upon presentation of proof of residence.

There are no free visiting days at the Museu Náutico da Bahia.

The telephone number for the Museu Náutico da Bahia is (71) 3264 3296, which you can use to contact and ask questions.

Nautical Museum of Bahia in Salvador

Located in the Barra region, the Museu Náutico da Bahia is one of the best options for those who want to learn more about the maritime history of the city and see temporary exhibitions. The museum has a collection of nautical objects, including navigation instruments, ship models, photographs, and historical documents related to navigation. In addition, the museum has a space dedicated to the shipwrecks that occurred off the Bahian coast, providing visitors with a true immersion in the maritime history of the state.

Many people usually watch the sunset on the rocks behind the Museu Náutico da Bahia or from inside the building.

Interior of the exhibition of the Nautical Museum of Bahia in Salvador

São Bento Monastery: a jewel of architecture

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The address of the São Bento Monastery is Largo de São Bento, 01, Centro, Salvador.

The Monastery of São Bento is open for visits from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

The entrance to the São Bento Monastery is free every day.

The phone number for the Mosteiro de São Bento is (71) 2106-5200, which you can use to contact them and ask questions.

Monastery of Sao Bento in Salvador

The São Bento Monastery is one of the most important monuments of baroque architecture in Brazil. Built in the 17th century, it is the second oldest monastery in Brazil. The site offers guided tours and religious services, including daily masses and the Liturgy of the Hours. It is a popular tourist attraction in Salvador, offering visitors insight into the rich history and culture of the region.

It has one of the largest collections of sacred art in Brazil, including paintings, sculptures, and liturgical objects. It is worth visiting the monastery to learn a little more about the history of the city and religion.

Afro-Brazilian Museum: the history of the Afro-Brazilian culture

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The address of the Afro-Brazilian Museum of the Federal University of Bahia is Terreiro de Jesus, without number, Historic Center of Salvador (it operates in the historic building of the Faculty of Medicine of the UFBA).

The UFBA Afro-Brazilian Museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, with the exception of holidays.

The entrance fee for the Museu Afro-Brasileiro is R$10 reais and half-entry is R$5 reais. Be aware: they only accept cash!

There are no free visiting days at the Afro-Brazilian Museum at UFBA. Admission is free, however, for children up to 5 years old and students and teachers from the Public Network and UFBA Community.

The telephone number of the Afro-Brazilian Museum at UFBA is (71) 3283-5540, through this number you can contact them and ask questions.

Museum and Afro Brasileiro in Salvador

The Afro-Brazilian Museum is a space dedicated to Afro-descendant culture, being one of the most important museums in the country in relation to this theme. Located in Pelourinho, the museum features a collection of pieces related to African and Afro-Brazilian culture, including objects of religious worship, musical instruments, clothing, as well as works of art and historical documents. The museum is a fundamental space to understand and value the cultural diversity present in the city.

Museum of Sacred Art: Sacred Art in Salvador

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The address of the Museu de Arte Sacra is R. do Sodré, 28 - Dois de Julho, Salvador - BA.

The UFBA Museum of Sacred Art is open for visits from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. However, for researchers, scheduled visits, and technical tours the hours are from 7 am to 7 pm.

There is no need to schedule in advance, but you can do it if you wish.

Admission to the Museu de Arte Sacra at UFBA is R$10 reais and half-entry is R$5 reais. Admission, however, is free for UFBA students and staff, students from public schools and colleges, residents of the community around the museum, museologists with a COREM card, ICOM members with a card, children under 7 years old, people with special needs and accompanying persons.

The UFBA Museum of Sacred Art is free on Tuesdays.

The phone number for the Museu de Arte Sacra at UFBA is (71) 3283-5591, through this number you can contact them and ask questions.

Museum of Sacred Art of Salvador

The Sacred Art Museum is a space dedicated to sacred art, located in the Pelourinho neighborhood. The museum houses a collection of more than 6 thousand pieces, including paintings, sculptures, liturgical objects, as well as documents and books rare items related to sacred art. It is an important space to learn about the city's history and religious culture, as well as appreciate works of art of great historical and artistic value.

Carlos Costa Pinto Museum: a precious collection

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The address of the Museu Carlos Costa Pinto is Av. Sete de Setembro, 2490 - Vitória, Salvador - BA.

The Museu Carlos Costa Pinto is open for visits from Monday to Friday, except Tuesdays, from 2:30 PM to 6 PM.

Admission to the Museu Carlos Costa Pinto is R$20 reais and half-entry is R$10 reais.

No information was found about free days at Museu Carlos Costa Pinto.

The phone number for Museu Carlos Costa Pinto is (71) 3336-6081, through this number you can contact them and ask questions.

Carlos Costa Pinto Museum in Salvador

Museu Carlos Costa Pinto is one of the best options for lovers of antique objects and decorative arts looking to enrich their knowledge. Located in one of the city's noblest avenues, Corredor da Vitória, the museum was inaugurated in November 1969 and offers permanent and temporary exhibitions, cultural and educational programming, and training activities, in addition to housing a collection and a library specialized in decorative arts.

The place also features the Balangandan Café, making it a delightful destination for a late afternoon program. The museum depicts 18th and 19th century high society life, with a private collection from the Costa Pinto family, which gave rise to 23 exhibition rooms of decorative art and paintings. The collection consists of 3,175 pieces divided into 12 collections, including crystal, drawing, sculpture, engraving, furniture, goldsmithery, painting, porcelain, and silverware.

Palacete das Artes: Rodin Museum in Bahia, the quest for modernization

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The address of Palacete das Artes is R. da Graça, 284 – Graça, Salvador – BA, 40150-060.

The Palacete das Artes is open for visits from Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Entrance to Palacete das Artes is free.

Entry to the Carlos Costa Pinto Museum is free every day.

The phone number of the Palacete das Artes is (71) 3336-6081, through this number you can contact and take your questions.

photo of the palace of arts rodin museum in bahia in salvador

The Palacete do Comendador Bernardo Martins Catharino, completed in 1912, expresses the search for modernization of the Bahian bourgeoisie. Located in the Graça neighborhood, it represents the economic power and artistic grandeur of a monumental work. In 1986, it was listed by IPAC, being the first eclectic style property to receive this protection. After the listing, it housed secretariats and state councils until it became the Palacete das Artes in 2003. With a restoration and adaptation project, the Contemporary Room and four sculptures by Rodin were added to the gardens, further enhancing the value of the museum. This project received international recognition at the Architecture Biennial of Venezuela and Argentina.

Casa de Jorge Amado Foundation: literature in Pelourinho

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The address of Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado is Largo do Pelourinho, 15 – Pelourinho, Salvador – BA, 40026-280.

Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado is open for visits from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. On Saturdays, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The entrance fee for Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado is 10 reais (full) and 5 reais (half).

Admission to Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado is free on Wednesdays.

The Casa de Jorge Amado Foundation phone number is (71) 3321-0070, through this number you can contact and take your questions.

Jorge Amado House Foundation in Pelourinho
Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado was created in honor of the writer and houses a permanent exhibition about his life and work, with books published in several countries, photographs and objects related to him. Inaugurated in March 1987, the institution aims to preserve and study the writer's bibliographic and artistic collection, promoting studies and research on Bahian literature and debates on the Brazilian reality, including the fight against racial and socioeconomic discrimination. With the collaboration of the author, Zélia Gattai, the Federal University of Bahia and Myriam Fraga, the House became a cultural reference point in the city, offering courses, seminars, exhibitions and FLIPELÔ, one of the largest literary fairs in Bahia. Maintained by donations, grants and agreements, the Foundation is a private, non-profit entity.

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