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Address: Rua Sao Jose, 12 Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Phone Number: (31) 3551-1444
Description: Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

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An extremely interesting museum, contrary to our expectations!

This museum relates the history of the gold mines and their slaves, and is well worth a couple of hours. The part devoted to the life of the slaves was horribly fascinating, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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Liguria, Italy
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Liguria, Italy
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This museum relates the history of the gold mines and their slaves, and is well worth a couple of hours. The part devoted to the life of the slaves was horribly fascinating, and made us ashamed of the way that human beings can treat their fellows. The building itself is also interesting with some very steep stairs to climb. The... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The museum is free of charge and provides brief overview of Brazilian coins and paper money. It has some very peculiar coins that a basically huge pieces of gold worth a fortune, something like 10,000 Rs of old Portugal money. I would assume you could have bought a huge estate in Lisbon just with that one coin in mid-18th century.... More 

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London
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The most interesting thing was to see the basic conditions in which slaves actually lived in the basement of the elegant building. Not prettified or embellished at all, I understand. Also, gruesome evidence of the ways in which slaves were kept in check and controlled. A great history-lesson.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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213 reviews 213 reviews
99 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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