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MCB- Museu da Casa Brasileira
Specialized in architecture and design

First museum in Brazil dedicated to architecture and design, MCB (Brazilian House Museum) presents temporary exhibitions and holds a collection of Brazilian furniture from the 17th century to the present time. Among the museum´s main features are MCB Design Award, an annual competition held since 1986, and a documentation project mapping typical types of housing in Brazil named “Brazilian Houses”, a work in progress on its fifth edition with annual exhibitions and publications. MCB collection gathers furniture and objects representative of the Brazilian house, trespassing over three centuries of history.

MCB´s calendar of cultural events includes free live music concerts on Sundays and free guided evening visits every fortnight. The museum also holds an agenda based in workshops, roundtables, books and magazines launches on a wide range of themes related to Architecture and Design such as City Planning, Sustainability, Conservation, Heritage Buildings and Creative Economy, which forms the core of its activities for Education and Research, enabling national and international exchanges.

In addition, MCB provides a digital index pointing to 28,000 files of handwritten travellers accounts, fictional literature, inventories and family wills related to historical aspects of Brazilian housing. Also known as “Ernani Archives”, the index is available at this website (only in Portuguese).

Brief History– Created in 1970 as Brazilian Artistic and Historic Furniture Museum, MCB is member of a chain of museums supported by Secretary of State for Culture. The museum was given its current headquarter in 1972, a neoclassic mansion built in the 40´s to shelter the former mayor of São Paulo Fábio Prado and his wife Renata Crespi. The architectural style reveals the city´s expansion in the first half of the 20th century, when the elite left downtown to live in the suburbs near Pinheiros river.

General information:

Museu da Casa Brasileira
Av. Faria Lima, 2.705 – Jd. Paulistano | São Paulo | Brazil
Phone.: (55 11) 3032-3727
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Admission: R$ 4 and R$ 2 (reduced fare for students and seniors)
Sundays and holidays – free entrance
Accessible for people with disabilities | Bicycle parking for 20 bikes
Paid parking garage is available at the museum

Guided visits : (55 11) 3032-2564 / agendamento@mcb.org.br
Social media: www.facebook.com/museu.dacasabrasileira| Twitter: @mcb_org

Press contacts:

Phone: (55 11) 3032.3727
E-mail: comunicacao@mcb.org.br
With Filipe Bezerra, Andrea Polimeno or Izabelle Prado

Santinho Restaurant at MCB
The newest branch of Capim Santo group, headed by chef Morena Leite, the restaurant Santinho at MCB serves Brazilian cuisine following the renowned tradition of its two other siblings in São Paulo. Located in a terrace overlooking the gardens of the museum, the restaurant offers a wide choice of appetizers, quiches, salads, refreshing drinks and hot dishes, served à la carte or on the buffet, from Tuesday to Sunday (10.00 am – 06.00 pm). A “menu of the day” is also available including starters, main courses and desserts.

A variety of vegetables, greens, grains, seeds, meat, poultry, fish, pasta, side dishes and the traditional Brazilian “tapioca” can be tasted here with selected ingredients. A nutritionist accompanies the selection of foods every day following strict guidelines for low processed food, prioritizing seasonal ingredients, in their most organic, sourced from local producers.

Information and booking: (11) 3032.2277 or mcb.reservas@restaurantesantinho.com.br