The imposing building where the Bolsa Oficial do Café (the coffee stock exchange) operated in Santos, state of São Paulo, is host today to one of the most interesting museums you will visit in Brazil: the Museu do Café (coffee museum).
For decades, Santos was the HQ for the ever important coffee-producing sector of the Brazilian economy. On the first half of the XX century coffee was the main source of wealth for Brazil. Big panels at the museum show scenes from daily life at the turn of the century.
The museum is divided in two halfs. First you will visit the wonderful pregão (pit), the salon where coffee stocks where negotiated.
On the ceiling there’s an spectacular stained glass by local artist Benedito Calixto.
On an adjacent room several panels and utensils tell the story of coffee.
The second floor of the building contains panels and all sorts of tools and items related to the history of coffee in Brazil.
The Museu do Café is an unmissable Santos sight.
Address: Palácio da Bolsa Oficial de Café, Rua XV de Novembro nº 95, Santos.
Website: Museu do Café.
Visiting times: from Tuesday to Saturday, from 09:00 till 17:00. Sundays, from 10:00 till 17:00.
Entrance fee: R$ 5,00.
Guided visits are in Portuguese. Most of the panels are in Portuguese and English.
You can drive to Santos (between an hour’s drive and two hours depending on where you are in São Paulo). Alternatively, take one of the frequent buses running from the Terminal Jabaquara bus station (at the end of the blue line of São Paulo’s subway). The bus will leave you within walking distance of the centre of Santos.