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Casa dos Contos

Rua Sao Jose, 12 Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
(31) 3551-1444
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Ranked #4 of 47 Attractions in Ouro Preto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This museum is quick to visit and provides an insight into Brazil's history through the history of its currencies. Free to visit and very well taken care of, Casa dos Contos is also a beautiful colonial house with a very helpful staff and the possibility to dug into the not so shiny history of slavery in Brazil through the visit... More

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Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been traveling to Ouro Preto since my childhood and pretty much every time I go I see myself sneaking to see this museum. The permanent exhibition is so rich (about money, slavery, written documents) plus the occasional exhibitions are always incredible. Must see!

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Tucson, Arizona
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This museum is free and is worth an hour of your time. It has different exhibits - one on currency/money (this used to be where they made gold bars with all the gold collected), some art, and also a senzala (where slaves lived when the house was owned by the tax collector for the region) which shows the rooms (including... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The currency exhibit was excellent, the guides very helpful, and the visit to the senzala (slave quarters) sobering. Worth a visit. Free.

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South East London
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214 reviews 214 reviews
99 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The building is the old counting house for the gold and is an amazing place in its own right. The street is cobbled and it is possible to imagine how it really might have been in those days. I guess that we all know how badly the slaves were treated but the exhibition really confirms this. It is interesting but... More

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London
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The ground floor is mainly taken up with what was the prison used to house the local slaves. If you never knew how badly they were treated, this visit will open your eyes as wide as they will go. It shows manacles, neck braces, tools used for castration and many other humiliating and horrible ways of treating another human being.... More

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São Paulo
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I reccomend spending a couple hours visiting this museum in Ouro Preto. It displays parts of the monetary history not only of colonial Brazil, but also some modern history, with samples of the many different currencies the country had in the last decades. Entrance is free and the house itself is worth seeing. They keep the original "senzala" (slaves house)... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

A bit of history on Brazil's monetary system mixed with temporary art exhibits and a look at Brazil's past dealings with slavery. Very much worth the free visit

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Stuttgart, Germany
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Casa is very interesting and is located close to aprk. This starts at the bus station on the top and goed down in various ways. There you pass teh Casa. The park is recently opened and is a quite and green place.

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Philadelphia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I spent at least an hour in this place. The temporary exhibit in the senzala (slave quarters in the basement) has many objects collected over the years by a private donor. The staff are very attentive at this location and knowledgeable about Brazilian history. You can also see all the types of money that were minted in Brazil. There is... More

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