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Casa dos Contos

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

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Interesting restauration

What s inside the building : painting exhibition and permanent exhibition of old tools etc. It is more the building itself you should concentrate on : it used to be the tax... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

What s inside the building : painting exhibition and permanent exhibition of old tools etc. It is more the building itself you should concentrate on : it used to be the tax collector office and private house. High ceilings, huge rooms and majestuous staircase. Interesting features : the yard with house water supply, the kitchen and slaves quarters. Gives you... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Small, nice museum, where you briefly learn about the history of currency in Brazil, and can appreciate the architecture of an old house with ancient slave facilities.

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São Paulo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Very interesting house, although the coin collections are a bit small. It´s worth the visit. There is a great view at the top of the house and the part were the slaves lived is also very interesting.

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Liguria, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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