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Casa dos Contos

Address: Rua Sao Jose, 12 Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Phone Number: (31) 3551-1444
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Ranked #5 of 46 Attractions in Ouro Preto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
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
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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38 reviews 38 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
121 helpful votes 121 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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Top Contributor
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
4 reviews 4 reviews
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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