Exhibition on voting in Brazil tells a story of exclusions and inclusions in the electoral process

TSE Museum shows the evolution of voting in Brazil over the past 481 years

Opened on April 17, 2013, the exhibition "Voting in Brazil: a Story of Exclusions and Inclusions" can be visited at the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) Museum by students, researchers and the public. The TSE Museum is located in the underground level of the headquarters of the Court in Brasilia.

Organized by the TSE Museum and Brazilian Art Museum of the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP), the exhibition tells the history of elections in Brazil, focusing on the people, whether participants or excluded from the electoral process, since 1532 to the present day .

The exhibition is a space for reflection on the history of inclusion or exclusion of people from the electoral process, thus contributing to entice visitors to questioning about concepts such as citizenship and democracy. To do so, it reveals how people were included or excluded in this process according to their social class, gender, race, income, age and education, among other criteria of differentiation.

The exhibition brings together collections of objects, historical documents and reproductions of works by artists such as Aleijadinho, Di Cavalcanti, Portinari, Anita Malfatti, Tarsila do Amaral, Lasar Segall, Rugendas, Frans Post, Nicolas Antoine Taunay, Vicente do Rego Monteiro, and Os gemeos, among other names of Brazilian art from the seventeenth century.

In addition to exhibition of historical works and reproductions belonging to the collections of institutions such as the FAAP Museum, Imperial Museum of Petropolis, National History Museum, National Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of the Republic, among others, and private collections. There is also a collection of objects that recount the history of the country, owned by the TSE Museum itself.

Among the rarities are some models of voter’s card since 1881, a copy of a wooden made ballot box from the Empire of Brazil, a nineteenth-century letter of a candidate asking for votes and a photograph of a ballot box used in 1750.


The exhibition has three niches that relate to the historical periods of the colony, Empire and Republic, depicting the exclusions and inclusions of people in the electoral process in certain time slots.

The niches show citizens that were part of the election’s activity center, fully exercising their political rights. And those who, due to the exclusion strategies adopted in each time, formed the periphery of the electoral process, such as indigenous people, blacks, Jews, women, agriculturists, people who worked with their hands, foreigners, people with lower income as defined in the Constitution, leprosy patients, pre-trial detainees and illiterates.

The TSE Museum is open Monday to Friday from 12h to 19h. To schedule a tour, please contact us by phone +55 (61) 3030-9281 or by email museu@tse.jus.br.