The Museu Afro Brazil was founded on October 23, 2004 and has a collection of more than five thousand works produced since the fifteenth century, representing the African and african-Brazilian culture. The museum is located in Pavilion Father Manoel da Nobrega, one of the members of the architectural ensemble of buildings Ibirapuera Park, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1950s.
With paintings, sculptures, engravings, documents, photographs and ethnological pieces, the site includes features of the various representations of African and african-Brazilian culture, from the perspective of national and international authors. The works address themes such as religion, work, art, history and slavery of the people. The curator and artist Emanoel Araujo was responsible for the donation of more than two thousand works of the collection.
The space also houses the Library Carolina Maria de Jesus, with about 6,800 publications, and a special collection of rare books. In addition to the library, there is also the Teatro Ruth de Souza, with capacity for 150 people.
The museum keeps the program “Singular Plural: Inclusive Education and Accessibility”, which caters to people with disabilities. For this audience, it can schedule guided tours, as well as resources available without appointment. There are reserved parking spaces as well as Pounds interpreters, accessible ramps and adapted spaces, information material in Braille and high contrast, among others.