The Instituto Ricardo Brennand opened in 2002 after its namesake collector spent decades growing one of the largest armory collections in the world. Brennand also enjoyed sourcing artworks and artifacts concerning Brazilian history, contributing to his eagerness to establish a museum. In 1990, this vision for his collection became reality in the form of the Instituto Ricardo Brennand, which displays pieces from several continents dating between the 15th and 21st centuries. Highlights include myriad melee weapons and a private collection of works by Dutch artist Frans Post. Beyond the museum and art gallery, visitors can also enjoy a library and large park at this premier cultural institute.