Museu Afro-Brasileiro Tours

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The Museo Afro-Brasileiro is one of the few museums of its type in Brazil exclusively dedicated to African cultural heritage and its influence on contemporary Brazilian culture.

The museum’s collection of African artifacts ranges from maps (depicting the original slave trade routes), masks, jewelry and clothing to musical instruments, traditional games and pottery.

The candomblé exhibit is particularly fascinating as it explains the roots, icons and rituals of this colorful religion. Don’t miss the impressive wooden tablets sculpted by noted Bahian artist Carybé that depict the candomblé orixás of Bahia with their weapons and liturgical animal. Make sure you ask for an English translation booklet at the entrance.

Practical Info

The Museo Afro-Brasileiro is in an historic building (built in 1808) that previously contained the first Brazilian School of Medicine.

Catch any bus marked Praça da Sé (Pelourinho). The museum is just to the right of the Catedral basilica.  

Location
Address: Terreiro de Jesus, Centro Históric (Pelourinho), Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
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Hours: Open Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm
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Admission: Adults: R$5, Children (6 - 12yrs): $2.50
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Salvador African Heritage Private City Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum

Explore Pelourinho, the Historic Center of Salvador de Bahia, during this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Named a world cultural center by UNESCO, the area was instrumental in the African slave trade and continues to be a center of African culture in Brazil. Walk through the streets and learn about the cultural and historical importance of the area through your local guide's commentary. Visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum, the Society for Black Protection and the Rosary of the Blacks, the first black Christian brotherhood in the New World. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Anthropological City Tour of Salvador

Learn about the history of the African people in Brazil during this 8-hour anthropological tour in Salvador. Visit Pelourinho, the center of African history in Salvador, and peruse the Afro-Brazilian Museum. Continue to the São Joaquim Market, founded by enslaved Africans, now the largest open-air market in the city. Stop for lunch hosted by a family with 50 years of history in the Garcia community, a traditional bean stew. Travel to Rio Vermelho beach to see the altar in reverence to iemanjá, the African orixá from the sea. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia

Salvador da Bahia, with its historic city center and beautiful beaches, is a vibrant city of 3 million people. Make sure you don’t miss any of the highlights—Pelorinho, Igreja do Bomfim, Mercado Model, and Barra Lighthouse—with this private tour of the Bahia capital. Your own private guide, a local from Salvador, can offer insider tips on what to see and where to eat during the rest of your trip.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Candomble Religion Mysteries Private Tour in Salvador

Explore the mysteries of Candomblé through this cultural tour of Salvador. Over the course of 4 hours with a local guide, visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum which narrates the history of enslaved Africans in Brazil. Go to the Pierre Verger Foundation, the French anthropologist responsible for developing literary and photographic and audio records of the history of slavery. Continue to a Candomblé terreiro (community) and get the opportunity to consult the sacred oracle (optional, extra cost). Walk through the favela to see the urban and cultural development that originated from maroon community, a historical haven for African slaves practicing the Candomblé religion. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Salvador da Bahia Private Museums Tour

Visit Salvador's most important cultural museums during a 3-hour private tour. With your dedicated guide, enjoy flexibility and personal attention as you learn about Salvador's history. Visit both the Afro-Brazilian Museum and the museums dedicated to the indigenous people of Brazil. Stop by the Carlos Costa Pinto Museum and a museum of sacred and religious art housed in a building owned by a 19th-century Carmelite order. Learn about the cultural history of the city and how the combination of people from different backgrounds came together to create a unique social fabric. Round-trip transportation from Salvador hotels is included.
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