The Instituto Inhotim is located in the town of Brumadinho, 60 km from Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais. I’d rather not use the term museum to refer to it as it does not do any justice to everything Inhotim has to offer. It contains a fantastic collection of contemporary art set in the middle of a stretch of Atlantic rainforest. The art collection lives side by side with the landscaping project of people like Roberto Burle Marx. At Inhotim the contemplation of art and the contemplation of nature go hand in hand.
Inhotim is a private non-profit organization set up in 2005 by a Brazilian entrepeneur. To host each work of art and installations a specific building was constructed. The art collection includes works by Brazilian and international artistas, from the 60’s to the present time. Between one building and another the visitor will find the wonderful botanic collections of the institute.
Inhotim and Belo Horizonte are not in most travellers’s itineraries and for that reason I dare not suggest that visiting Inhotim is a must. But if you find yourself in Belo Horizonte or visiting the Historical Cities of Minas Gerais (Ouro Preto, Mariana, Congonhas, Tiradentes, São João del Rei) I’d definitely make an effort to spend one day at Inhotim.
Address: Inhotim, Brumadinho, Minas Gerais.
Website: Inhotim. It’s got an English version.
Opening times: Thursdays and Fridays, from 9h30 till 16h30. Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 9h30 to 17h30.
How to get to Inhotim: if you have your own means of transportation, follow the map provided at the Institute’s website. Saturdays and Sundays there is a bus running from Belo Horizonte bus station (platform F2) to Inhotim. Departs from Belo Horizonte at 9am and returns from Inhotim at 4pm.
Facilities: there are snack shops and two restaurants.
Piece of advice: as most of the visit to Inhotim is done outdoors, it is best avoided on a rainy day.
Photo album: my Inhotim photos at Flicrk.