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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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Tucson, Arizona
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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81 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Extremely well preserved, with a very nice coin museum, no entrance fee, everything kept by the Brazilian Federal Government! It is definitely worth seeing.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Casa dos Contos, among other sites in Ouro Preto, probably is the most interesting because of the coins and documents collections. Visiting the basement, where the slaves once lived and some of many articles used to submit them will freeze your blood.

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