The recently inaugurated Museu do Futebol (football/soccer museum) in São Paulo will soon become an unmissable visit for footie fans worldwide.
Whether you are soccer-crazy or not, the museum is worth a visit. It was designed by the same team responsible for the state-of-the-art Museu da Língua Portuguesa. The museum is located under the stands of the Pacaembu Stadium in são Paulo. The endless collection of posters that decorate the entrance hall to the museum are an excellent introduction to the nostalgic trip in football history you will be about to embark on.
At the museum the emphasis is very much on technology and interactivity as a means of telling the history of Brazilian soccer and society. Be warned, do no expect many references to world soccer, the museum is mainly about Brazil. A forgiveable sin, given Brazil’s contribution to the history of the sport.
There is a section of the museum devoted to photos from times gone by, you could spend there ages contemplating the amazing collection of snapshots from the first decades of football history.
From that room, a futuristic leap to the space dedicated to the World Cups. XXI century totems remember all the world cups and the world events that happened during the time.
The second half of the museum deals with the rules of the sport. On the way, a door allows you to contemplate the Pacaembu stadium, where the museum is located, from the inside.
The museum has quite a few of interactive surprises I will not reveal now. Make sure you have proper footwear on if you want to make the most of the penalty shoot simulator.
Address: Estádio do Pacaembu (Praça Charles Miller). It’s 1 km from the Clínicas metro station (line 2 – green), though the way down to the stadium is not straightforward. Easiest thing is to take a taxi to the stadium from the metro station, the short ride shouldn’t cost more than R$10.
Price: Entrance is R$6 (students with proper ID and senior citizens pay $3). Free entrance on Thursdays.
Opening times: From Tuedsay to Sunday, from 10 to 17 hours. Closed when there is a game at the stadium.
Website: Museu do Futebol
Category: Destination: São Paulo