It appears. The museum is the love-child of José Carlos Capinam, better known as “Capinan” and a famous letrista (lyrics writer) from the age of Tropicália. It opened several years ago close to the Centro Histórico, seemed to run in fits and starts, closed and/or ran in diminished hours…without enough money to finish the place or keep it open full time.
In Brazil one always wonders about the backstory one is ignorant of, construction kickbacks and money siphoning, big salaries from leaky government coffers for little or no work…but the fundamental idea behind such a museum in Bahia is a beautiful, rock-solid no brainer. There is the Museo Afro-Brasileiro in the old Medical School on the Terreiro de Jesus, but there could be so much more and this “new” museum is an opportunity for that.
So my inside scoop is based on walking past the place and asking the guard outside what’s going on. He said the place is reopening on May 19th.
Hopefully and we’ll see.