Comprising a museum, an art gallery, a library, and a large park, Instituto Ricardo Brennand holds a permanent collection of historic and artistic objects from diverse sources. Collections range from Early Middle Ages to the 20th century, with a strong emphasis on objects, documents, and artwork related to Colonial and Dutch Brazil. You'll see the world's largest assemblage of paintings by Frans Post in the art gallery.
The Institute houses one of the largest collections of armory in the world, with 3,000 pieces including a rich collection of knives and melee weapons--the majority of which were produced in Europe and Asia between the 14th and 19th century. One of the highlights is the set of 27 full plate armors, including shields, helmets, gauntlets, and chain mail produced between the 14th and the 17th centuries, as well as armor for dogs and horses.
The collection of decorative arts includes objects from Europe, Asia, and Africa that date back to the 17th century, such as candlesticks, candelabra, jugs, mosaics, stained glass windows, miniature caskets, Chinese ceramics, and musical instruments. The fine art collection comprises paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings dating back to the 15th century represented by local Brazilian artists and European painters.
You can browse in the library that has over 62,000 volumes ranging from the 16th to 20th century, including books, pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, sheet music, phonograph records, photographs, iconographic albums, and rare works, including a collection of Brazilian texts and rare items. Featured pieces in the collections include the 17th-century painting "Armor Collection" by Francesco Maltese, "White Slaves Market" by Domenico Rosso from 1884, and "Waterfall in the Forest" by Frans Post in 1657. Use our Recife trip itinerary maker tool to visit Instituto Ricardo Brennand on your trip to Recife, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Tours to Instituto Ricardo Brennand
City Tour of Olinda Including Instituto Ricardo Brennand BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $75
Duration: 5 hours
Half-Day Tour: Oficina Francisco Brennand and Ricardo Brennand Institute plus Park of Sculptures in Recife BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $69
Duration: 5 hours
Ricardo Brennand Institute Admission Ticket BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $12
Duration: 1 to 4 hours
Instituto Ricardo Brennand Reviews
O acervo do instituto é de um nível que você não consegue acreditar, superando muitos museus famosos mundo afora. Como se não bastasse a quantidade e qualidade das peças, a arquitetura do local por si... more »The Institute's collection is of a level that you cannot believe, overcoming many famous museums around the world. As if not enough quantity and quality of the pieces, the architecture of the site by itself impresses. It's worth every penny I paid for the ticket.
Lugar lindo, bem conservado. A natureza é o ponto alto; Senti falta de guias e de legendas em algumas obras, mas sem dúvida é um local que vale a visita. more »Beautiful place, well maintained. Nature is the high point; I missed guides and subtitles in some works, but undoubtedly it is a place worth visiting.
interesting art and medieval arms museum. i found it a little bit cluttered (the medieval weapons and armors part) and lacking thorough information. eclectic. a great place to visit. (and a really nice restaurant!)
Incredible collection of art, blades and other historical artifacts from the colonial era and beyond. The place is beatiful and taken care of really well. The only thing which I found a bit off was the collection of modern firearms - which for some reason were just Air Soft replicas. The whole place feels like Lara Croft's mansion.
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