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Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim

The world's largest open-air contemporary art museum, and greater Belo Horizonte's standout attraction, this sprawling, world-class complex of gardens dotted with 23 modern art galleries and numerous outdoor...

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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 3rd-floor gallery hosts special exhibitions that rotate every couple of months, while the...

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Memorial Minas Gerais – Vale

Praça da Liberdade's standout cultural attraction, this supremely cool contemporary museum chronicles Minas culture from the 17th to 21st centuries via three floors of cutting-edge interactive galleries and...

Top ChoiceStadium in Belo Horizonte

Mineirão & Museu Brasileiro do Futebol

An obligatory stop for football fans, Belo Horizonte's legendary 65,000-seat stadium was completely renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, incorporating a brand-new football museum, esplanade and LEED (Leadership...

Cave in Belo Horizonte

Gruta da Lapinha

About 50km north of Belo Horizonte, this cave's highlight is the Véu de Noiva, a crystal formation in the shape of a bride’s veil. With your own vehicle, the cave is an hour's drive north of Belo Horizonte....

Cave in Belo Horizonte

Gruta Rei do Mato

This is the most interesting of the caves surrounding Belo Horizonte. Near Sete Lagoas, 70km north of Belo, it has prehistoric paintings and petroglyphs. From Belo Horizonte, take any Sete Lagoas–bound bus...

Park in Belo Horizonte

Parque Municipal

One of Beagá's most appealing spots, this enormous sea of tropical greenery with artificial lakes and winding pathways is just 10 minutes southeast of the bus station. It's especially fun on Sunday, when...

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...

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.

Church in Belo Horizonte

Igreja de São Francisco de Assis

On the banks of Pampulha's artificial lake, Niemayer's striking modernist church, with interior tiles and paintings by Portinari, is an architectural delight.

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...

Museum in Belo Horizonte

Museu Mineiro

Occupying a grand 19th-century building that formerly housed the Minas Gerais Senate, this museum features a mix of paintings and sculptures by mineiro artists from Manoel da Costa Ataíde to Jeanne Louise Milde.

Museum in Belo Horizonte

Museu de Arte da Pampulha

This art museum, with its cute garden designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, originally served as a casino and shows the obvious modernist influence of Le Corbusier.

Museum in Belo Horizonte

Casa do Baile

This former dance hall on Pampulha's lakeshore, designed by Oscar Niemeyer with grounds by landscape architect Burle Marx, now holds all types of temporary art exhibits.