Tourism Circuits in Belo Horizonte
Circuito Liberdade (Liberdade Circuit)– Praça da Liberdade
The landscape and architectural complex of Praça da Liberdade is a synthesis of the styles that mark the history of Belo Horizonte. The construction of the square started at the time of the founding of the new capital of Minas Gerais. Located at the highest point of the initial area of the city, the square was made to house the headquarters of the mining power, the buildings of the Government Palace and the first State Secretaries obey the trend of the time – eclectic style with neoclassical elements. Over the years, the complex has received buildings of different architectural styles. In the 1940s, the Art Deco style with stone powder coating of the Cristo Rei Palace. In the 1950s and 1960s, modern buildings were incorporated into the complex, such as the Niemeyer Building and the Public Library, both designed by Oscar Niemeyer. In the 1980s, in a post-modern style, the building known as “Rainha da Sucata” was inaugurated, which is under renovation to house the Tourist Service Center.The square also has a bandstand and a light source.
Espaço do Conhecimento UFMG (UFMG Space of Knowledge)
The UFMG Knowledge Space is part of the Liberdade Circuit, currently considered the largest cultural complex in the country. Since its inauguration,
the museum has received over 350 thousand visitors. It has a long-term exhibition entitled Demasiado Humano (All too human) and has already presented about ten temporary exhibitions on the most diverse themes and curators.
Mediation presents the UFMG Knowledge Space, communicating, through visual and spatial language, the production carried out in sessions at the Planetarium, the observation of the sky, the proposal for an exhibition. The building’s front facade is covered with a special glassy material, which transforms it into a large projection screen, prepared to transport the scientific and cultural contents exposed inside to the outside of the Space, through images, films and interactive activities. .
The Astronomical Terrace has a retractable roof that allows the use of telescopes and instruments for celestial observation. The Planetarium has a special set of image projectors that allow, among other feats, the reproduction of the sky as if it were from anywhere on the planet, at any time – past, present or future.
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm | Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Praça da Liberdade, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3409-8350
Free entrance, except for the Planetarium session (R$ 6,00)
MM Gerdau – Museu das Minas e do Metal (Museum of Mines and Metal)
MM Gerdau was built with the care of someone who polishes a stone and turns it into something precious, having been designed to highlight the striking relationship of the history and cultural expressions of the State of Minas Gerais with the wealth of its mines and natural resources. It was also born to celebrate the identity of the State and its people, as it reflects the formation and development of a region, revealing two of the main economic activities in Minas Gerais: mining and metallurgy.
The proposal is to put mining and metallurgy in a historical perspective and to unveil the role of metal in human life, illustrating its diversity, characteristics, production processes and its insertion in the collective imagination. Metals are the most diverse elements in the chemical universe: understanding metal, minerals and their components means understanding the fundamental engine, not only of industrialization and the development of a society, but also of life. In addition, discovering the richness of our soil and the diversity of minerals is an invitation to a special tour through Minas Gerais, literally with regard to the meaning of the name of our state.
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 am to 6 pm
Every last Tuesday of the month: 12 am to 17 pm
Thursday: 12 am to 10 pm
Praça da Liberdade, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3516-7200
Memorial Minas Gerais Vale
Defined as an EXPERIENCE MUSEUM, Memorial Minas Gerais Vale brings the soul and traditions of Minas Gerais in an original and interactive way. Actual and virtual scenarios mix up to create experiences and sensations that take visitors from the 18th century to the 21st century.
Far from giving visibility only to the historical record, the Memorial puts present and past in direct contact, thus promoting other forms of bringing visitors closer to issues present throughout our times.
Opened in 2010, the building where Memorial Vale is located formally headquartered the Minas Gerais Treasury Department. The historical building dates back to 1897 and is the place where Belo Horizonte’s foundation stone was set. The construction is listed by the Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute of Minas Gerais – IEPHA/MG.
Based on three main concepts, the project’s essence is to be more than a rescue of the past. The Memorial aims to be a museum under constant construction, gathering notions of the past, future and contemporary world identity in one single place. The curatorship and museography project of Memorial Minas Gerais Vale is signed by Gringo Cardia, an internationally acknowledged Brazilian artist.
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 9:30 pm | Sunday: 10 am to 3:30 pm
Praça da Liberdade, corner with Gonçalves Dias street, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil
Escola de Design – UEMG (Minas Gerais School of Design)
With an area of about 500 m² and multiple concept, the Cultural Space Design School – UEMG offers to society diverse events and activities such as Courses, Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Fairs, Lectures, Seminars, Conversation Wheels, Audiovisual Exhibitions and Open Classes, carried out by the internal and external community of the University, by prior appointment or selection by public notices.
The presence of a multipurpose cultural space along with the set of cultural facilities gathered in the Circuit will allow the Design School to fulfill its greatest objective: to show in a concrete, objective and democratic way the design, of the past, the present and prospects for the future, revealing society an important aspect of its material culture.
Wednesday to Saturday: 2 pm to 7 pm, stay until 7:30 pm
Special opening hours for scheduling groups for guided tours and / or holding events (workshop, lecture and open class)
Gonçalves Dias street, 1.400, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3439-6514
Centro de Arte Popular – Cemig (Center for Popular Art)
The Center for Popular Art presents a wide panorama of works that privilege the richness and diversity of popular cultural manifestations, valuing the work of creators who translate the universe in which they live in clay, wood and other materials. It was built for residential use in the 1920s, and was also the headquarters of the former Hospital Sao Tarcisio.
In 2012, the building was adapted to house CAP – Cemig, where the public can see works by artists from various regions of Minas Gerais, such as
Jequitinhonha Valley, Cachoeira do Brumado, Divinópolis, Prados, Ouro Preto, Sabara and others, coming into contact with elements representative of the plurality of Minas Gerais culture.
The building has four permanent exhibition rooms, one for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium for 60 seats, a room for art workshops and an internal patio for a graffiti project. The space hosts events of visual and performing arts, music and education.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10 am to 7 pm
Thursday: 12am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 am to 7 pm
Gonçalves Dias street, 1.608, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3222-3231
BDMG Cultural is an institute that since 1988 has carried out actions in the area of music, visual arts and performing arts. Cultural arm of the Minas Gerais Development Bank, in the institution, culture is part of development and is directly linked to quality of life.
Their cultural actions open space for new and established artists. The BDMG Cultural art gallery hosts exhibitions open to visitors daily, including weekends and holidays.
Every day, including holidaysdas: 10 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm
Bernardo Guimarães street, 1.600, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3219–8486
Academia Mineira de Letras
The Academia Mineira de Letras was founded in the city of Juiz de Fora in 1909 by a group of journalists, writers and professionals linked to literature and culture. In 1915, the institution was transferred to Belo Horizonte and, in 1987, it started to occupy the Borges da Costa Palace, later gaining an annex to receive events and meetings. The set of buildings stands out for the classic contrast – the palace, a true reliquary – and the modern, bold and functional – the attached auditorium. The space houses a collection of 28 thousand titles and 32 thousand copies, among rare and unique works, including academic literary production.
Monday to Friday: 2 pm to 7 pm (or according to the event schedule)
Bahia street, 1466, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3222-576
Museu Mineiro (Mineiro Museum)
The Museum has a very rich collection that gathers sacred images, liturgical equipment, furniture, coins, weapons and archaeological finds. There are more than 3,500 pieces, including the collection of the Pinacoteca do Estado.
His collection of sacred art is memorable, with pieces from the Baroque of Minas Gerais, and his pinacoteca highlights works by master Ataíde and important mining artists such as Celso Renato, Inimá de Paula, Amilcar de Castro, Márcio Sampaio, Carlos Bracher and Aníbal Mattos , in addition to renowned brazilian artists such as Volpi and Di Cavalcanti.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 am to 7 pm
Avenue João Pinheiro, 342, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3269-1103
Arquivo Público Mineiro (Minas Gerais Public Archive)
Among the highlights of the collection, there are photographs, maps produced in the 18th and 19th centuries, documents referring to “Inconfidência Mineira”, slavery, the immigration movement in Minas Gerais and a set of films that brings together short films, documentaries and ceremonies that marked the history of Minas Gerais throughout the 20th century.
The Institution also has a library specialized in the history of Minas Gerais and archivology, bringing together approximately 12,000 titles, of which 2,500 are considered rare and precious works.
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Avenue João Pinheiro, 372, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3269-1167
Casa do Patrimônio Cultural (Cultural Heritage House)
The building of the former Secretariat of Traffic and Public Works was designed by the architect José de Magalhães and had its construction undertaken by the Construction Commission of Nova Capital, between the years 1895 and 1897. Its architecture composes the eclectic style, mixing elements of classical French architecture, neo-baroque and the Italian Renaissance.
In this building, the Cultural Heritage House will function, which will house the headquarters of the State Institute of Historical and Artistic Patrimony of Minas Gerais (IEPHA-MG), with library, open restoration studio, exhibition space and spaces to safeguard cultural heritage through actions with cultural collectives and traditional communities.
Praça da Liberdade, s/n, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Banco do Brasil Cultural Center)
The building has six floors and its architectural project was designed by Luiz Signorelli, founder of the Minas Gerais School of Architecture. Eclectic in style, with neoclassical influences and art deco, the building was opened in 1930 to host the Interior and Justice Secretariat.
CCBB BH has 1,200 m² of exhibition area; two permanent exhibition rooms; theater with capacity for 264 seats; multipurpose room for audiovisual activities, debates, conferences, workshops, lectures, interactive and educational activities, in addition to living, leisure, food and store for the sale of cultural products. Altogether there are 8,000 m² open to the public, which places CCBB BH among the largest cultural spaces in Brazil.
The equipment hosts events in the areas of performing arts, cinema, exhibitions, ideas, music and education, offering the population a regular program with quality, diversity, at affordable prices, aimed at all segments of society and with actions integrated with responsibility initiatives social.
Wednesday to Monday: 10 am to 10 pm
Praça da Liberdade, 450, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3431-9400
Centro Cultural Minas Tênis Clube ( Minas Tennis Club Cultural Center)
The Minas Tennis Clube Cultural Center – CCMTC consists of a Theater, an Art Gallery and a Memory Center. The CCMTC offers a diversified and quality program aimed at audiences of different age groups (children, youth and adults), which include theatrical and musical shows, dance performances, soirees, concerts and shows with Brazilian and foreign singers and instrumentalists, lectures including training and qualification courses for backstage technicians.
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10 am to 6 pm
Bahia street, 2244, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil
(31) 3516-1027 | 3516-2163 | 3516-2012 | 3516-2011
Temporarily installed in a building from the 60s, Cefart Liberdade is a unit of the Center for Artistic and Technological Training of the Clovis Salgado Foundation, especially focused on music. The space has approximately 570m square, with four rooms for individual classes or for small groups, two rooms for collective teaching, a multipurpose study room and a rehearsal room. Cefart is part of the policy of the Government of Minas Gerais to promote training in art in the areas of theater, dance and music. It offers free, professional and extension courses to children, young people and adults, as well as courses in spectacle technology in the areas of lighting, sound, costumes and scenography.
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
Sergipe street, 884, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3308-4700
Palácio da Liberdade (Liberty Palace)
At the end of the 19th century, the city of Belo Horizonte was planned to be the new capital of the State. Liberty Palace was the place chosen to house the administrative center and the Liberty Palace was built to be the seat and symbol of the government. Its inauguration took place in 1898 and, having been the scene of important political events that marked the history of Minas Gerais and Brazil, today it is one of the main postcards of the city, arousing the interest of visitors to the Liberdade Circuit. The eclectic architecture of the Liberty Palace, designed by the architect José de Magalhães, reflects the influence of the French style, with refinement of finish and richness of decorative elements.
Inside the Palace you can see the golden bronze chandeliers, the parquet floor, its crystal chandeliers, the allegorical panels, its turrets, the beauty of the main staircase commissioned from a company in Belgium and the rich furniture. In the outer area of the Palace are the gardens, originally designed by Paul Villon following the English style and which have undergone overhaul over time, when decorative elements such as sculptures and fountains have been included.
Public visits: Held on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 4 pm. All registrations must be made online and are free.
Casa Fiat de Cultura (Fiat House of Culture)
The Fiat House of Culture exhibits important national and international exhibitions free of charge. At its headquarters, works of icons from the history of art have already been presented, such as Caravaggio, Chagall, Rodin, De Chirico, Aleijadinho, Amilcar de Castro, Tarsila do Amaral, and artists that are emerging in the contemporary scene.
Installed in the building of the old “Dispatch Palace”, the institution keeps on display in the main hall the work “Civilization of Minas Gerais”, the largest panel by Candido Portinari in Minas Gerais.
In addition to the regular and free calendar of exhibitions, Fiat House of Culture also offers a program of lectures on art, history, photography, design and educational activities designed for each show, with workshops open to the public.
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10 am to 6 pm
Praça da Liberdade, 10, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil (31) 3289-8900
Biblioteca Pública Estadual de Minas Gerais
– Edifício Professor Luis de Bessa (State Public Library of Minas Gerais)
The headquarters building of the Minas Gerais State Public Library was opened in 1961, by architect Oscar Niemeyer for the Juscelino Kubitscheck government. The Library brings together more than 570 thousand copies available, including rare and representative works by national and foreign authors, in addition to a large digitized collection, children’s and young people’s collection, new and old newspapers and magazines, audio-book and Braille collection.
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am to 9 pm
Praça da Liberdade, 21, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil| (31) 3269-1166
Biblioteca Pública Estadual de Minas Gerais
– Anexo Professor Francisco Iglésias (State Public Library of Minas Gerais)
The Professor Francisco Iglésias Annex occupies a building that was opened to the public in 2000, after a significant renovation of an old annex of the Secretariat of Finance that had been built in the 1970s. The interventions made in the building promoted greater integration with the surroundings and with the headquarters of the Luiz de Bessa State Public Library. The new use given to the building allowed the expansion of the services of the State Public Library, housing the Reference and Studies and Home Loan sectors.
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am to 8 pm das 8h | Saturday: 8 am to 12 am
Bahia street, 1.889, Belo Horizonte – MG/Brazil | (31) 3269-1230