Ibirapuera Park - 5 Attractions You Must See Here

Ibirapuera Park is an amazing place to check out when you visit Sao Paulo Brazil. This is a huge park that is comparable to Central Park in New York City. It was inaugurated in 1954 to celebrate and memorialize the 400th anniversary of São Paulo. The park has a few lakes to enjoy the outdoors with birds, ducks, geese and even swans. Plus there are historical museums and several architectural structures designed by the famous architects Roberto Burle Marx and Oscar Niemeyer.

Below are five attractions that you must see while at Ibirapuera Park:

São Paulo's Modern Art Museum - This museum was founded before the park, in 1948. This museum is one of the very first to be dedicated to modern art in Brazil. There is much famous artwork to enjoy here. Gaze upon creations by Aldo Bonadei, Marc Chagall, José António da Silva, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Raoul Dufy, Anita Malfatti, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Alfredo Volpi, and Mario Zanini.

Museum of Contemporary Art - This museum is located in the University of São Paulo. Inaugurated in 1963 because Franscisco Matarazzo Sobrinho (same art collector who founded the Modern Art Museum) decided to donate he and his wife's private collection to the University of São Paulo. The museum is home to one of the biggest art collections (more than 8,000 pieces) of 20th century Western art in Latin America. Featured famous artists are Umberto Boccioni, Marc Chagall, Tarsila do Amaral, Wassily Kandinsky, Anita Malfatti, Joan Miró, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Candido Portinari and Ismael Nery.

The Planetarium - Find the building that is shaped like a flying saucer and you'll be at the Municipal Astrophysics School and the planetarium. The huge dome is twenty meters in diameter and is the first Planetarium built in the Southern Hemisphere. Sit back and watch the "sky" above the city from sundown to sunrise and be educated by a professional astronomer about the heavenly constellations, stars and planets.

Ginásio Estadual Geraldo José de Almeida - This indoor sporting arena is called by two other names the Ginásio G.J. de Almeida or Ginásio do Ibirapuera. This arena can seat up to 11,000 people since the grand opening in January of 1957. It has hosted a few world famous events such as the Basketball World Championship for Women in 2006, the Intercontinental Cup in 1973 and in 2004, 2005 and 2006 held the Salonpas Cup matches.

Viveiro Manequinho - Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens featuring bushes and seedlings found in the area.

As you can see Ibirapuera Park is packed with places to see and things to do. There are way more than five attractions, but those are great places to start. If you have time you may also want to see the Praça da Paz which is also known as Peace Square. Sundays are the best day to visit Praca da Paz because you can enjoy a free concert. And the unique Oca' where you can enjoy famous exhibitions in the Indian hut style building. Just stroll along and behold the many beautiful and interesting places to visit.

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