Cora Coralina Museum is what once used to be the home of Brazil’s greatest poetess Cora Coralina, born Ana Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto. A confectioner by trade, she lived detached from the hustle and bustle of big city life.
With a rich poetic oeuvre, Cora Coralina is hard if not impossible to integrate into a particular literary trend. In fact, her poems are full of prosaic imagery of the Brazilian countryside, speaking mostly about the alleys and historic streets of the State of Goiás, where the poetess was born and lived all her life. Her first volume, Poemas nos Becos de Goiás e Estórias Mais, was published in June 1965, when she was nearly 76 years old.
Cora Coralina Museum is the result of the joint efforts of the poetess’s relatives and friends who founded the Cora Coralina House Association after her demise on 27 September 1985. As a private, nonprofit entity, Cora Coralina’s House Museum aims to develop, carry out, and encourage cultural, artistic, educational and environmental activities, placing the Goiano sociocultural identity at its forefront and striving at the same time to preserve the memory of Cora Coralina by promoting her life and work.
Opened to the public on 20 August 1989, the date which marked the 100th celebration of Cora Coralina’s birthday, the museum hosts the collection donated by the family consisting of personal objects, manuscripts, correspondence, the newspaper library that once belonged to the poetess, as well as photos, domestic utensils, books and furniture. Opening a threshold to the poetess’s life, the collection creates a warm and homely atmosphere, walking you through Brazilian culture and tradition seen through the eyes of Cora Coralina, one of Brazil’s most prominent cultural figures.