If you appreciate art and nature then add a visit to Inhotim to your list of places to go! Inhotim is a very unique site located in the town of Brumadinho about an hour away from Belo Horizonte airport. Inhotim is so massive you will definitely need 2 full days to be able to see and appreciate everything that Inhotim has to offer and not feel rushed; as well as a car to get there! There is a board ensemble of art work displayed outside through the massive botanical gardens as well as both temporary and permanent galleries scattered throughout the property. As you can see from the map above, it is pretty easy to divide your visit into two days by exploring one side of the property per day.The landscape is stunning, originally inspired by the famous Brazilian landscape artist Burle Marx, there are 5 lakes and a preserved forest area on the property. As you venture through the forest and gardens you will discover various art galleries all with very different and unique architecture making them part of the art exhibit.
The art collection comprises over 500 works by artists of national and international renown, such as Adriana Varejão, Helio Oiticica, Cildo Meireles, Chris Burden, Matthew Barney, Doug Aitken, Janet Cardiff, among others. Inhotim distinguishes itself from other museums by offering artists unique conditions for developing their art right inside the park. Since the property is so massive there are various little trams you an hop on if you don’t want to walk the entire time however if you can handle it, walking the property was one of the things that made the experience so special.
Check out some of the exhibits:
Talk about taking interactive art to a whole new level! There were two different collaborative music experience galleries (Galeria Praca and Galpao Cardiff & Miller) with speakers lined around the room with different voices coming from each one but together creating a beautiful song. Some exhibits you were able to crawl around on, there were a number of video/ projection exhibits, sculptures, paintings and my personal favorite Galeria Cosmococa, a very large square concrete structure that was split into 5 rooms: a room with hammocks with Hendrix playing in the background and crazy videos dancing along the walls, a room lined with beds and pillows, a bouncing room (think those trampoline floors you jumped around on as a kid), a pool (again someone should have told me to bring a bathing suit so I am telling you- BRING A BATHING SUIT!), a room covered in balloons and another video experience room.
There are 3 main restaurants: Tamboril which is absolutely divine, set in a beautiful garden, the food (buffet style or a la cart) was incredible, the atmosphere is breezy and relaxing; I understand why it was rated the best restaurant in Brumadinho! Optica lake restaurant also has a beautiful setting right in front of the lake, it was good, (buffet only) however the food doesn’t hold a candle to Tamboril. Bar do Ganso designed by Paulo Cesar Bicalho. There are also a number of snack bars scattered throughout the property which is great for when it is very hot and you want to grab a drink or a snack before or after lunch. See the pics above!
Hours and costs: Inhotim is open to public visitation on Tuesdays- Fridays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (last entry 4:00 pm), and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (last entry 5:30 pm). Admission is free on Tuesdays, R$20 Weds & Thurs, R$28 Fri-Sunday and holidays.
Friend of Inhotim: This is a great option to not only help the community but to make the trip even more practical. It costs R$190 per person, this gives you entrance access to Inhotim as many times you want for a year, you can bring a guest, receive a 10% discount on your hotel, and the restaurants, plus it is tax deductible! Considering you need at least 2 days to explore all of Inhotim end of the day you end up saving money.
Inhotim, Rua B, 20, Inhotim, Brumadinho, MG, Brasil 35460-000 +55 31 3571.9700 firstname.lastname@example.org