Located in Rio de Janeiro, the Museu Casa Do Pontal is considered to be the largest and most important Museum of folk art in Brazil. Its collection – the result of 40 years of research and travel throughout Brazil by French designer Jacques Van de Beuque - contains more than 8,000 sculptures and models created by more than 200 Brazilian artists beginning in the second half of the 20th century. The permanent exhibit at the Museum has representative works from different rural and urban cultures from all over Brazil, on display in 1500 m² of gallery space. Organized thematically, these pieces represent everyday activities, festivals, religion and fantasy in the lives of the people. The Museu Casa do Pontal is situated on a 5,000 m² site in Recreio dos Bandeirantes. The large landscaped gardens were especially designed to promote the perfect integration of the vegetation, the galleries of the museum and the wildlife preserve around the site. According to the members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), associated with UNESCO, “the Museu Casa do Pontal is not just a unique museum of Brazilian Folk Art, it is also a true anthropological Museum, the only one in Brazil that gives a complete view of the life and culture of the people in Brazil.” In the more than 35 years the since its inception, the Museu Casa do Pontal has dedicated itself to the creation of foundations of support to ensure that its collection will be protected and widely used by society. More than 40 exhibitions of parts of the collection have been held in Brazil and in 14 other countries. Since 1996 more than 250,000 persons have visited the museum through its Social and Educational Programs, that involve visits, itinerant shows and the continued training of educators and social and cultural project managers. The Museu Casa do Pontal also offers programs for domestic visitors and foreign tourists, such as accompaniment and musical visits in various languages.