The concept of Instituto Inhotim was first visualized by entrepreneur Bernardo Paz in the mid 80′s. In 1984, the site was visited by famous landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx, who made some suggestions and contributions regarding the gardens. Since then, the original landscaping project has grown and undergone modifications.
The private estate was slowly transformed into a major cultural space, with the first buildings being erected to receive contemporary art works. In parallel, the botanical assets also grew, receiving an important increment in 2005 through the rescue and introduction of botanical collections from various regions in Brazil, with special focus on native species.
2002 – Foundation of Instituto Cultural Inhotim, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation, display and production of contemporary art works, in addition to the development of educational and social actions.
2005 – The wealth of cultural and environmental assets gradually started being shown to special groups and local schoolchildren through prescheduled visits.
2006 – With a complete structure, Inhotim finally opened its doors to the public at large, receiving visitors on open days, without need for prescheduling.
2007 – Inhotim’s commitment to the social development of Brumadinho and surrounding areas led to the creation of the Inclusion and Citizenship Department in July of this year.
2008 – The number of visitors so far reached a total of 110 thousand people from all over Brazil and other countries as well. In April, it was recognized as a Civil Society Organization of Public Interest (OSCIP) by the State Government of Minas Gerais.
2009 – In June, the Federal Government also recognized Instituto Inhotim as an OSCIP. Just this year alone, over 160 thousand people visited Inhotim. In September/October, a special event was held for the launching of nine permanent works which could only have been built in a place like Inhotim.
2010 – The Instituto Inhotim gardens received, on April 5th, the official title of Botanical Garden from the National Committee of Botanical Gardens (CNJB). This registration was approved after the 4th Meeting of the Committee at the Research Institute of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, between March 24-26.
General Information for Inhotim Museum
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: from 9:30 – 5:30Entrance fee: R$ 20,00Half fee for seniors over 60 and for students (with valid student card). People with Estado de Minas and Hoje em dia cards receive a 50% discount upon buying two tickets.
No charge for children under six.Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club International
Checks only from Tourist Agencies or schools who have scheduled visits.