Tourist Circuit of Lagoa da Pampulha

Modern Set of Pampulha

The Architectural Complex of Pampulha, was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, under the order of Mayor Juscelino Kubitschek, and built between 1942 and 1944. In July 2016, it received the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity from the United Nations. The complex is formed by the buildings and gardens of the Casino (now the Pampulha Art Museum), the Casa do Baile (now the Center of Reference in Urbanism, Architecture and Design), the Yacht Golf Club (now the Yacht Tennis Club), the Church of São Francisco de Assis, from Juscelino Kubitschek’s residence (now Casa Kubitschek) and from the water mirror and the shore of Lagoa.



1.Museu de Arte da Pampulha (Pampulha Art Museum)

The Pampulha Art Museum (MAP) is part of the Pampulha Architectural Complex. Its building was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, in the early 1940s, to be a casino and was opened in 1957, reflecting the urban, population and cultural expansion of Belo Horizonte. Today, its mission is to offer the public reflective, symbolic, affective and sensory experiences in the field of Visual Arts, through its museological actions and its modern and contemporary collection, in dialogue with its architecture and landscape. The Museum has a collection of approximately 1,400 works in technical reserve and hosts exhibitions and various artistic, educational and cultural activities. It has an auditorium with a capacity for 170 people.The MAP comprises the sectors of Visual Arts, Conservation and Restoration, the Documentation and Research Center, Library and Educational. Since 2001, MAP has adopted a curatorial model geared towards the production of Contemporary Art, with an emphasis on works that dialogue with the architectural and landscape heritage of Pampulha. The Museum has an annual program of exhibitions that show, in addition to the institution’s collection, contemporary Brazilian artistic production.

Opening hours
Closed for renovations
Avenue Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 16585, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil
+55 (31) 3269-1230

Free entrance



2.Casa do Baile

The Casa do Baile – Reference Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Design is part of the Modern Complex of Pampulha, declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, designed by Juscelino Kubitschek and designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the 1940s. The original function of the space was to be a small, more popular dance restaurant. In order to guarantee its preservation and requalify its use, since 2002 it has been a Reference Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Design. Casa do Baile produces and hosts exhibitions, publications, exhibitions, seminars, meetings and educational activities related to the themes of its museal vocation.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
Avenue Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 751, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil
+55 (31) 3277 7443

Free entrance



3.Iate Tennis Club

The Iate Tennis Club is one of the four works designed by Oscar Niemeyer, in the early 1940s, that present brazilian architectural modernism to the world. Inside, there are sophisticated ballrooms and conventions, fully structured to receive your guests as they deserve: with refinement and comfort. The Portinari Room is richly decorated with a panel by Candido Portinari, a work of art that has been present in the club for over 50 years. The Salão Espelho D’água is richly ornamented with works of art signed by Estergilda Meniccuci.

Opening hours
Every day: 9 am to 6 pm
Avenue Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 1350, São Luiz, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil
+55 (31) 3490-8400

Free entrance



4.Orla da Lagoa da Pampulha (Waterfront of Lagoa da Pampulha)



Largest multisport gym in South America. Known by this name for being located in front of Mineirao. Its inauguration was in 1980 and, since then, it hosts volleyball and futsal games. In addition, it serves as a sports house, hosts international events and shows.


Pampulha Ecological Park

The park has 30 hectares of green area and provides direct integration with nature. On site there is the project “Bicycle for all” that was inspired by the “White Bicycle Plan” in Amsterdam: 20 bicycles are available for visitors. Through this and other actions, the park promotes environmental and traffic education.

Opening hours
Friday to Sunday: 8:20 am to 5 pm
Avenue Otacílio Negrão de Lima, Ordinance I, nº 6061 (Ground Zero)
Belo Horizonte – MG | +55 (31) 3277-7439

Free entrance




The Zoo is one of the most important tourist spots in the city. With more than 1000 animals divided into 220 species, supervised by IBAMA, the Garden recently opened a freshwater themed aquarium, the largest in Brazil.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday: 8 am to 5 pm
Avenue Otacílio Negrão de Lima, nº 8000 – Pampulha| Belo Horizonte – MG

Entrance: R$10,70




Inaugurated in 1965, the Governador Magalhaes Pinto stadium, Mineirão, is the 5th largest stadium in Brazil.

Mineirão Museum

Open to the public in 2013, the Brazilian Football Museum (MBF) presented itself as a new option for culture, entertainment and leisure in Belo Horizonte. Headquartered in Mineirão, the MBF intends to exhibit, research and preserve material and immaterial artifacts of Brazilian football, providing its visitors with an immersion in the world of football.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9 am to 1 pm
Entrance: R$ 8,00 (with stadium: R$ 14,00)



With 80 thousand m² built, Esplanada do Mineirão is one of the best places to practice sports such as skateboarding, rollerblading, races and walks in Belo Horizonte. The place is also ideal for holding shows and shows. With infrastructure and security, the Esplanade also has a beautiful privileged view of Lagoa da Pampulha. Public access is via the north and south entrances, via smooth staircases and ramp.

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 7 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am to noon

Free Entrance

Avenue Coronel Oscar Paschoal
Belo Horizonte – MG | + 55 (31) 3499-4312 / (31)3499-4363


6.Igreja São Francisco de Assis (St Francis’s church)

In this project, opened in 1943, Niemeyer ventured into the plastic qualities of reinforced concrete, revealing his taste for sinuous lines. For the first time in Catholic buildings in Brazil, traits very different from the religious tradition were used, marked by the robust and imposing buildings of the colonial period. Niemeyer invites important artists to participate in the construction of the church, such as Candido Portinari, Alfredo Ceschiatti, Burle Marx and Paulo Werneck.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm | Sunday: 11 am to 2 pm
Avenue Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 3000 – Pampulha
Belo Horizonte – MG | +55 (31) 3427-1644

Free Entrance


7.Casa Kubitscheck (Kubitscheck’s house)

The Kubitscheck’s house – MCK – is part of the Pampulha Architectural Complex and its headquarters is the modernist house built to be the weekend residence of the then mayor Juscelino Kubitschek (1940-1945). A landmark of modern architecture from the 1940s, the house designed by Oscar Niemeyer is surrounded by a lush garden planned by the landscaper Roberto Burle Marx, on an area of ​​approximately three thousand square meters.

Opening hours
Wedneday to Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm
Avenue Otacílio Negrão de Lima, 4.188 – Pampulha
Belo Horizonte – MG | +55 (31) 3277-1586 

Free Entrance