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The Paulista Museum (Museu Paulista) is a scientific, cultural and educational institution acting in the field of History, whose activities have a collection as permanent reference. The articulated set of these activities is the curatorship. It comprises the formation and increase of collections (through donations, acquisitions or field collection), their physical conservation, study and documentation, as well as the communication, both about the collection and the knowledge it allows to be generated through exhibitions, courses, educational programs and publications.
As a body of the Universidade de São Paulo (University of São Paulo), integrated to it since 1963, it conducts research, teaching and extension programs. The Master Plan of 1990 established the History of the Material Culture as the institutional specialty. In this field, it instituted three research lines: Daily Life and Society; Labour Universe; Imaginary History, and due to them Museum's collections and exhibitions have been increased and redirected.
History of the Paulista Museum
The Museu Paulista was inaugurated on September 07, 1895 as a museum of Natural History and representative milestone monument of the Independence, Brazil's and São Paulo's History. Its first collection belonged to Colonel Joaquim Sertório, which constituted a private museum in São Paulo.
In the period of the Independence Centenary, in 1922, the institution's historical character was reinforced. New collections were formed, with emphasis on the History of São Paulo. The internal decoration of the building was carried out, with paintings and sculptures presenting the History of Brazil in the Lobby, Stairway and Noble Room. The Republican Museum "Convenção de Itu" was installed, being an extension of the Museu Paulista in the inner of São Paulo State.
Throughout the time, several transfers of collections to different institutions were carried out. The last of them was in 1989, to the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia da USP (Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the USP). Thenceforth, the Museu Paulista has been substantially increasing its collections referring to the period from 1850 to 1950 in São Paulo.
Currently, the Museu Paulista has a collection of more than 125,000 units, among objects, iconography, text documentation from 16th century until 20th mid-century, significant to the understanding of the Brazilian society, mainly with regards to São Paulo's history, counting on a specialized curatorship team. It also develops an Expansion Project for its facilities.
Museu Paulista houses an over 125,000 item collection, including objects, iconography and archival documentation, from the 1600’s until mid-20th Century, providing an axis to the understanding of Brazilian society, from the study of material aspects of culture, with special focus on São Paulo History.
Serving institutional aims, the collections are mobilised for the analysis of issues related to three research lines which the Museum follows: Daily Life and Society; Labour Universe; History of the Imaginary. Objects and iconography, besides textual documents are used as information sources that open new perspectives to research in the area of Social History, in the field of Material Culture.