Inhotim: A Photo Guide to the Art Museum Hidden in the Jungle of Brazil
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Inhotim: A Photo Guide to the Art Museum Hidden in the Jungle of Brazil

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Jan 26, 2018


By Gabe Scalise

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Last updated on March 23rd, 2021 at 12:16 pm

Learn all about Inhotim Art Museum with this Photo Guide


Hidden deep in the Brazilian jungle, a few hours from Belo Horizonte, lies the museum of Inhotim. It would be a great add on to your Brazil tour. Set on a sprawling 5000-acre complex in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Inhotim is truly one of the art world’s best-kept secrets. Featuring world-famous contemporary artists and sculptures such as Chris Burden, Matt Barney, and Yayoi Kusama, Inhotim blends perfectly the concept of an open-air Brazilian sculpture park with a world-class botanical garden.

Not to mention the best part, which is multiple state-of-the-art museums featuring the world’s best Brazilian contemporary artists, as well as artists from all around the world. So here you have it, our Inhotim Museum Photo Guide. Having just visited Inhotim in October 2017, today, we are going to explore Inhotim in this one-of-a-kind Inhotim Museum Photo Guide. We will also briefly cover how to get to Inhotim and the best hotels near Inhotim.

Ready? Let the Inhotim Museum Photo Guide begin!

Here is a map of the art museum complex of Inhotim. As you can see, it is HUGE! In one full-day I was able to see nearly all of the orange path, and the yellow path, as well as portion of the pink path.


This is the main entrance to Inhotim. This is where you pay for your ticket and where our Inhotim Museum Photo Guide will begin!


Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has become world-renowned largely for her modern exhibit Infinity Mirrors. Housed inside the museum of Inhotim is one of Yayoi Kusama’s most amazing pieces of work, Narcissus Garden. Narcissus Garden is a tropical pond on top of a building featured spherical mirrored orbs. You’ll have to see it to believe it!


Here is just an example of the types of paintings you will see at Inhotim. This painting is by Brazilian Contemporary Artist, Luiz Zerbini.


This museum in the complex features amazing sculptures by various Brazilian contemporary artists.


The Inhotim Museum Photo Guide wouldn’t be complete without this exhibit in the outdoor, open-air sculpture park.


These mint-condition colorful beetles are absolutely mind-blowing. No one part is the same and being so old yet in mint-condition makes these a must-see stop in the Inhotim Museum Photo Guide.


One of my personal favorite pieces was by Olafur Eliasson. The piece is called Viewing Machine. Set against the stunning mountains of Minas Gerais, Viewing Machine is a tunnel of mirrors that will mess with your perception and depth of field and transport you to another time and place. On a side note, this piece is one of the best at Inhotim for a photo! Have a look yourself.


Sculptures like this are nearly endless at Inhotim. The museum truly has something for everyone.


Pathways between the various museum houses look like this. The museum is disability friendly and is the perfect place for families with small children because it is safe, flat, and wide open. Even if you got lost, you can’t go very far or leave the complex.


Another personal favorite was this painting by Mariana Mendes. Such amazing depth.


How to Get to Inhotim


There are a few ways to get to Inhotim. The most direct way popular way would be to fly into Tancredo Neves/Confins International Airport. With direct flights from popular US airlines like American Airlines, flying into this airport is a breeze. After arriving at Belo Horizonte Airport, you are approximately 2 hours away from the Inhotim Museum. The road to Inhotim once you leave Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, becomes very bumpy.

That being said, don’t miss the amazing views out the window as your cruise through jungle forests, villages, and along cobblestone streets. I personally highly recommend a private transfer from the airport in Belo Horizonte to Inhotim because makes this will allow you to get to Inhotim right when it opens. We also highly recommend that you visit Inhotim on a private tour. offers Inhotim tours that can easily be combined with popular destinations like Belo Horizonte, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon Rainforest, and more.

Inhotim Hours & Admission

Inhotim is open to following hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm Inhotim is CLOSED on Mondays

Inhotim costs 44 Brazilian Reais to get into. This roughly translates to $14 USD per person.

However, the museum is FREE every Wednesdays. It is a great idea if you are traveling with a guide to plan your visit on Wednesday to save some extra money.

What hotels to stay in near the Inhotim Museum

I always recommend to all of our travelers at to stay in Belo Horizonte or Ouro Preto rather than spending the night at a hotel near Inhotim. The museum recently announced they are building a group of luxury resorts and hotels surrounding the small community around Inhotim. However, these are years out and it is best to rest in Ouro Preto or Belo Horizonte and make a day trip to Inhotim instead. This will allow you to have many more food options and ensure that you have a safe and comfortable night stay.

In Ouro Preto, we highly recommend the Hotel Solar do Rosário. This absolutely gorgeous hotel is located right in the heart of picturesque Ouro Preto. From here, you can easily arrange a private transfer in the morning that allows you to experience a full day at Inhotim. This hotel is perfect for rest and relaxation or for flipping your Inhotim Museum photos from your day of exploring.


In Belo Horizonte, we highly recommend the Othon Palace Hotel. This beautiful high-rise hotel is conveniently located right near the Centro Market of Belo Horizonte. Featuring a rooftop pool and a gorgeous view of the city, it doesn’t get better than this in Belo Horizonte. The perfect spot to stay on your visit to Inhotim.


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