Designed by Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1970, the Itamaraty Palace is the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the design conception, Ambassador Wladimir Murtinho was in charge of informing the architect about the needs that had to be addressed. The partnership was so successful that, up to today, no structural changes have been made to the building for they have not been necessary. The structural calculation, which allowed for the construction of an impressive main hall, free of columns, was carried out by engineer Joaquim Cardoso.
The Itamaraty Palace was conceived with the purpose of introducing Brazil to foreign visitors; therefore, it was built only with national materials and their halls harbor works by Brazilian or naturalized Brazilian artists exclusively, such as Athos Bulcão, Alfredo Volpi, Bruno Giorgi, Frans Krajcberg, Franz Weissmann, Maria Martins, Mary Vieira, Iberê Camargo, Ione Saldanha, Rubem Valentim, Sérgio de Camargo, and Tomie Ohtake. The landscaping is authored by Roberto Burle Marx.
Public tours at the Itamaraty Palace
Here's a tip for those visiting or planning to visit Brasília: the Itamaraty Palace guided tours have been resumed!
Visits are available every day, including holidays and weekends, at 9 a.m., 10 a. m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
All guided tours are free of charge and offered in Portuguese, English or French. Each group can accommodate up to 25 (twenty five) visitors. It is recommended to arrive at least 5 minutes in advance, since delays are considered cancellations.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to visit part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' art collection and one of Oscar Niemeyer's architectural masterpieces.
The following information is required in order to book a tour:
- Date, time, language (Portuguese, English, French);
- Number of visitors;
- Name and cell phone of one of the visitors.
Please note that visitors wearing shorts, tank tops, miniskirts, minidresses or flip-flops will not be allowed to tour on weekdays.
Due to activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ceremonies and events held at the Palace) tours are subject to cancellation at any time, without prior notice.