Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Belo Horizonte

Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim

The world's largest open-air contemporary art museum, and greater Belo Horizonte's standout attraction, this sprawling complex of gardens dotted with 21 world-class modern art galleries and numerous outdoor sculptur…
Top Choice Stadium in Belo Horizonte

Mineirão & Museu Brasileiro de Futebol

An obligatory stop for football fans, Belo Horizonte's legendary 65,000-seat stadium was completely renovated for the 2014 World Cup, incorporating a brand-new football museum, esplanade and LEED-certified energy co…
Top Choice Arts Center in Belo Horizonte

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

Inaugurated in late 2013, this magnificent palace on Praça da LIberdade is one of Belo Horizonte's cultural gems. The vast third-floor gallery hosts special exhibitions that rotate every couple of months, while the …
Top Choice Museum in Belo Horizonte

Memorial Minas Gerais – Vale

The best element of Praça da Liberdade’s 2010 makeover, this supremely cool contemporary museum chronicles Minas culture from the 17th to 21st centuries via three floors of cutting-edge interactive galleries and aud…
Top Choice Church in Belo Horizonte

Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

On the banks of Pampulha's artificial lake, Niemayer's striking modernist church is an architectural delight. Inside, the tiles and paintings by Portinari are equally striking.
Cave in Belo Horizonte

Gruta Rei do Mato

This is the most interesting of the three caves in the area around Belo Horizonte. Near Sete Lagoas, 70km north of Belo, it has prehistoric paintings and petroglyphs. From Belo Horizonte, take any Sete Lagoas–bound …
Museum in Belo Horizonte

Museu Histórico Abílio Barreto

The centerpiece of this museum, southwest of Savassi, is a renovated colonial farmhouse, the solitary remnant of Curral del Rey, the rural village destroyed in the 1890s to make room for Belo. The adjacent building …
Cave in Belo Horizonte

Gruta da Lapinha

The highlight here is the Véu de Noiva, a crystal formation in the shape of a bride’s veil. Atual runs frequent buses to Lagoa Santa (R$6, 70 minutes); from there, bus 306 continues to the cave (R$3.50, 35 minutes, …
Museum in Belo Horizonte

Museu de Artes e Ofícios

Housed in Belo’s historic train station, this museum displays a wide-ranging collection of objects used in the daily lives of mineiros past and present. There are interpretive cards in English adjacent to each exhib…
Museum in Belo Horizonte

Museu das Minas e do Metal

Opened in 2010, the Museu das Minas e do Metal traces the economic, cultural and social history of mining in Minas Gerais, with multiple floors of mineral exhibits and some interesting interactive displays.