Top Choice Museum in Recife

Oficina Cerâmica Francisco Brennand

Francisco Brennand, born in 1927 into an Irish immigrant family and now considered Brazil’s greatest ceramicist, revitalized his family’s abandoned tile factory to create his own line of decorative ceramic tiles. Th…
Top Choice Arts Center in Recife

Paço do Frevo

This new, strikingly-red museum is a small and modern house of worship for frevo, the quintessential dance of the Recife Carnaval. It hosts exhibits, performances and classes of frevo, and highlights include a perma…
Museum in Recife

Museu Cais do Sertão

Inaugurated in 2014, this bold new museum highlights the culture of the sertão (the interior of Pernambuco state), especially as it relates to the godfather of forró music, Luiz Gonzaga, who was a major player not o…
Museum in Recife

Instituto Ricardo Brennand

The scenic Instituto, located in Várzea, 11km west of central Recife, contains a massive collection of European and Brazilian art, swords, armor and historical artifacts, all set in a fake medieval castle on lovely …
Museum in Recife

Memorial Chico Science

Though the government could have (and should have) done so much more, the new Memorial Chico Science highlights the work of former Nação Zumbi singer Chico Science, a revered musician and founder of the mangue beat …
Museum in Recife

Museu do Homem do Nordeste

The Museu do Homem do Nordeste, has anthropological exhibits on Northeastern life ranging from slave chains to Carnaval costumes, with good photos throughout. It's extensive and well done, but was closed for renovat…
Architecture in Recife

Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco

The most important building to visit in the city center is the Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, a church dating from 1697 with a Capela Dourada (Golden Chapel) that is one of the finest examples of Br…
Museum in Recife

Museu da Cidade do Recife

Recife's City Museum is housed in the Forte das Cinco Pontas (Five-Pointed Fort), built by the Dutch in 1630. It exhibits old maps and historic photos, but could be so much more interesting given Recife’s fascinatin…
Chapel in Recife

Capela Dourada

Built between 1696 and 1724, this gem of Brazilian baroque, part of the Convento de Santo Antônio, owes its name to the huge quantities of gold covering its elaborately sculpted walls, altars and ceiling.
Cultural Center in Recife

Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel

The oldest synagogue in the Americas, Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel is now a Jewish cultural center and has interesting murals (in Portuguese and English) depicting the role of Jews in Recife’s development.