Brazil’s largest museum devoted to African and Afro-descendant culture, it was started from the private collection of Bahian artist and curator Emanoel Araújo, director and mentor to the space. Housed in a pavilion in Ibirapuera Park, the collection has grown steadily since the museum’s opening in 2004 and today includes more than six thousand items, spanning three centuries of history, including ethnological pieces and documents, as well as paintings, engravings and photographs by both Brazilian and international artists. Part of the collection is on display in a permanent exhibition divided into six main themes, such as religion, food and work. There is also space for temporary exhibitions, held throughout the year. In addition, the museum houses the Carolina Maria de Jesus Library, with around 10,000 titles, and the Ruth de Souza Theater, which seats 150 people.