Friday, December 23, 2011

Afro-Brazilian Museum - Salvador Brazil

Created in the 70s, from a cultural cooperation program between Brazil and African countriesand the development of thematic studies on the african-Brazilian, Afro-Brazilian Museum was inaugurated on January 7, 1982, in historic building, the old center of Salvador, built on the sitewhere he ran the Royal College of Jesuits of the sixteenth to the eighteenth century and later, in 1808, the first Medical School in Brazil.

The Museum is the result of an agreement between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education and Culture, the State Government of Bahia, the City of Salvador and the Federal University of Bahia, an organ which is found on through the Center for African Studies East (CEAO). The latter was the executor of the program that gave rise to the Museum and is stillresponsible for its maintenance. Its creation corresponded to the wishes of the existence of an area of ​​collection, preservation and dissemination of collections relating to African cultures andafrican-Brazilian, with the aim of strengthening relations with Africa and understand the importance of this continent in promoting Brazilian culture, for Furthermore, contacts with the local community.

The original design of 1974, designed by anthropologist and photographer Pierre Verger, was developed by architect Oswald and Jacyra etnolinguista Yeda Pessoa de Castro, among other teachers and researchers at the Federal University of Bahia and external consultants. Between the years 1997 and 1999 MAFRA went through a process of renovation of its exposure.

In addition to its educational program, the Museum is also continuously required for official visitsof Heads of State and / or their representatives, as well as intellectuals and researchers relatedto African cultures and african-Brazilian. Through its collection, supports publications and alsothe production of television programs and movies.

MAFRO Hours:

Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Weekends and holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address & Contact Information:

Address: Terreiro de Jesus / Former School of Medicine complex
Historic Downtown Salvador (Centro Histórico)
Salvador - BA
Phone: 55-71-3321-2013
Fax: 55-71-3321-2013

Admission :

Admission valid to MAFRO (ground floor) and the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (downstairs)
Adults: R$5
Kids 6-12: R$2,50
Students (with ID card): R$2,50

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