Memorial da América Latina (Latin America Memorial)

Avenida Auro Soares de Moura Andrade, 664

Barra Funda

01156-001 São Paulo, SP



Oscar Niemeyer 1989


In the decade of 1980, Brazilians needed to re-discover our own culture and South America’s and remember who we are to ourselves. For this, the Memorial of Latin America was inaugurated in March 1989. It is a complex space of 85,000 square meters designed by Oscar Niemeyer, one of the most important architects of Brazil. Situated in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, it is a place where Latin culture is celebrated.



Based on a concept and the cultural project developed by anthropologist Darcy Ribeiro, the Memorial was born with the mission to bring the cultural relations, politics, economic and social of Brazil more closely with the countries of Latin America. It co-ordinates initiatives of scientific, artistic and educational institutions of Brazil and other Latin American countries, and presents the history of the Latin American peoples to the new generations of students. The complex brings arts exhibitions of Latin America culture. The theater promotes events and orchestras.



The Civic Square is an immense open space that joins the building of the Gallery Marta Traba, the Latin American Library Victor Civita and the Tiradentes Acts Hall. This open space can hold at least 30 thousand people, and often is a place of regional celebrations, popular shows, festivals, workshops and spectacles.



The complex is a typical example of modern Brazilian architecture by Niemeyer. It’s a very beautiful complex of buildings and very well located and easy to reach.




Ana Tagliari and Wilson Florio 2009




How to visit


The complex is open to the public for free, and photography is allowed.


Marta Traba Gallery , Tiradentes Act Hall and Darcy Ribeiro Creativity Pavilion are open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm. The Library is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm.


The complex is accessible via numerous buses because it is located by the side of the Barra Funda Terminal (train, bus and subway).


By train or subway: Barra Funda Station.


For more information please call +55 11 3823 4600 or visit





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