Museum in São Luís

Cafua das Mercês

In a building that was once a holding facility for slaves newly arrived from Africa, this museum has a small but interesting exhibition on slavery, the slave trade and Afro-Brazilian culture. It's in a sketchy part …
Museum in São Luís

Centro de Cultura Popular Domingos Vieira Filho

An impressive 19th-century mansion houses three fascinating floors of exhibits on São Luís’ festivals – Carnaval, Bumba Meu Boi and Divino Espírito Santo – and its Afro-Brazilian cults such as Umbanda and Tambor de …
Market in São Luís

Casa das Tulhas

This 19th-century market building now trades in an interesting variety of typical Maranhão crafts and foods, from dried prawns and Brazil nuts to an artificially colored purple cassava liquor called tiquira and Mara…
Museum in São Luís

Museu Histórico e Artístico do Estado de Maranhão

In a restored 1836 mansion, the Museu Histórico e Artístico is set out as it might have been in days of yore, displaying all the furnishings, valuables and everyday belongings of an upper-class 19th-century family –…
in São Luís

Museu do Negro

In this building that once housed a slave market (notice the absence of windows), the Museu do Negro exhibits relics of slavery including a replica whipping-post, and a striking collection of wood carvings and statu…
Museum in São Luís

Casa de Nhôzinho

At the eclectic and fascinating Casa do Nhôzinho, you can see a collection of ingenious fish traps, rooms of Maranhão indigenous artisanry, and hosts of colorful, delicate Bumba Meu Boi figurines made by the 20th-ce…
Palace in São Luís

Palácio dos Leões

The Palácio dos Leões is the state governor’s palace, built in the 18th century on the site of the original French fort. It contains a wealth of valuable antique furnishings and art, mostly French from the 18th and …
Museum in São Luís

Centro de Pesquisa de História Natural e Arqueologia do Maranhão

Contains interesting exhibits of artifacts from Maranhão's indigenous cultures past and present, from contemporary feather adornments to ancient ax heads, plus models of megafauna that roamed Maranhão 95 million yea…
Museum in São Luís

Museu de Artes Visuais

There’s a fine collection of old azulejos, engravings, sculptures and paintings at the Visual Arts Museum, which has been under renovation and is scheduled to re-open in 2016.
Cathedral in São Luís

Igreja da Sé

São Luís' 17th-century cathedral looks along Av Dom Pedro II from its top end. Inside are ceiling frescoes decorated with babaçu motifs and a fine baroque altar.