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Taking a tour of museums is a great way to get aquainted with Brazilian and Salvadorian culture of both past and present. The museums of Salvador offer a wide variety of exhibitions. Listed below are some of the best and most unique in the city.

Sacred Art Museum
This museum houses a great collection of Catholic art in Brazil. The works are held within an old, beautiful monastery, and include oil paintings, wooden saints, and two rooms of silver works that span 2 centuries.
Rua do Sodre 276
Hours: Mon- Fri 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Contact: 071/243-6310

Casa de Jorge Amado
Jorge Amado is one of Brazil's favorite writers, who recently died in 2001 at the age of 93. His famous novel Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands was set in Pelourinho. The museum is a homage to the author, the story of his life and how his works parallel them.
Largo do Pelourinho 51
Hours: Mon- Sat 9 am - 6 p.m.
Contact: 071/321-0122

Afro-Brasilian Museum
This old building actually houses three separate museums: Museum of Medicine, Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, and the African-Brazilian Museum. The most interesting is the Afro-Brazilian museum, which shows the development of Afro-Brazilian culture and has a large section on the Candomble religion and the meaning of each god.
Pelourinho, next to the Basilica
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Contact: 071/321-0383

Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia-Salvador
This museum opened in 1960 in a colonial building from the 16th century and houses masters of Brazilian contemporary art, and a sculpture park.
Solar do Unhao- Av. Contorno, Salvador

Museu Nautico da Bahia/Farol da Barra/Forte de Santo Antonio
The lighthouse (farol) offers a beautiful view of the Bay of All Saints and has a small museum of navigation maps and findings from old shipwrecks. There is also athe Cafe do Farol, which is situated on the terrace above the museum. It is a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset.
Farol da Barra, Barra
Hours: Tues-Sun 9 am - 7 pm
Contact: 071/245-0539

City Museum
See a collection of old photographs and maps of the cities history, along with a collection of old puppets and costumes that differentiate between the Carnaval of Salvador and that of Rio.
Largo do Pelourinho 3
Hours: Mon, Wed- Sat 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
 Sun 9 am - 1 pm
Contact: 071/321-1967

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