The Top Museums and Art Galleries in Olinda, Brazil

Photo of Harry Stewart
16 February 2018

As the bohemian and artistic epicenter of northern Brazil, it should come as no surprise to find a plethora of fine museums and galleries spread throughout this charming colonial town. From traveling puppet exhibitions to fine contemporary art, here are the best places to get your culture fix in Olinda.

Mamulengo Museum

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Mamulengo Museum
Mamulengo Museum | © Prefeitura de Olinda/Flickr
Perhaps Olinda’s quirkiest museum, this whimsical house is dedicated to the Mamulengo, a kind of traveling puppet show that is adored throughout northeast Brazil. Most of the thousand-odd colorful handcrafted dolls represent local figures such as saints, politicians, or folk heroes and the larger ones are often incorporated into the city’s carnival.

A Casa do Cachorro Preto

Become fully submerged into the Olinda arts scene by paying a visit to the Black Dog House, a happening cultural cafe that showcases a rotating selection of works from up and coming local artists. During the evenings, events such as movie nights or live music shows are a great opportunity to interact with the artists themselves.

A Casa do Cachorro Preto, R. Treze de Maio, 99 – Carmo, Olinda – PE, Brazil +55 81 98200-1399

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