Florianopolis Museum

O Florianopolis Museum is located in the building where, until 1930, the House of Chamber and Jail

Regulated through an agreement between the Municipality of Florianópolis and Sesc Santa Catarina, the Florianópolis Museum was inaugurated in 2019 and aims to expose the history of the capital from periods prior to colonization to contemporary times.

The colonial architecture building was restored in 2018 and is located at Rua dos Ilhéus, number 242 (next to Praça XV de Novembro). The location is a reference because it is in the heart of the Historic Center, close to the Victor Meirelles Museum. 

The recent restoration of the building was carried out in partnership with the Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan).

Current structure and exhibition spaces

On the ground floor of the 865m² historic townhouse, there are three exhibition spaces: one dedicated to the legacy of the Casa de Câmara e Cadeia; one for temporary exhibitions; and another for the oral histories of some of the island's outstanding characters. 

It also has a room for the technical reserve and a space for educational activities, lectures and workshops.

On the upper floor, there are the “Grande Projeção”, “Hoje e Amanhã”, “Testimonials” and “Primeiros Ocupantes” rooms, which house the long-term exhibitions.

Another structural attraction is the corridor with a timeline. In addition, there is also an annex to the building, where the administration rooms are located.


Also popularly known as the “Municipal Museum”, the Florianópolis Museum has the following opening hours:

From March to November - Monday to Friday, from 09 am to 19 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 16 pm;

From December to February - Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 20 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10 am to 16 pm.

Upon proof, students, seniors and children under 12 pay only the half-price for the visit: R$ 5. The full entrance fee is R$ 10.

Text: William Schutz
Opening photo: Maurélio Pereira
Photo of the museum plaque: Thiago Barbosa 

Old Chamber House and Jail 

“The municipal power of the capital of Santa Catarina was based in the Casa de Câmara e Cadeia when Florianópolis was still called Vila de Nossa Senhora do Desterro. 

Designed by architect Tomás Francisco da Costa from Faial, it was built with stone walls mortared with whale oil, sand and lime, and its construction lasted exactly nine years and ten months, from 1771 to 1780. , according to Portuguese tradition, on its ground floor, lawbreakers, slaves, rebels and madmen were locked up and, on the upper floor, the Palace of the Chamber and the Senate".

Learn more about Casa de Câmara e Cadeia at: guiafloripa.com.br/cidade/bairros/centro/pontos-turisticos/antiga-casa-de-camara-e-cadeia (Source).