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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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Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

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Pretty building in the city heart. Former seat of the Treasury. Former prison of inconfidentes. Historical aspects also showing the contrast between the lives of settlers and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 19, 2015
Sylvain R
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Saint-Mathieu-de-Treviers, France
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Saint-Mathieu-de-Treviers, France
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Pretty building in the city heart. Former seat of the Treasury. Former prison of inconfidentes. Historical aspects also showing the contrast between the lives of settlers and slaves. We like the windows decorated with privileged views of Ouro Preto. The natural botanical park surrounding the house is absolutely beautiful. It is possible to cross out in another part of Ouro... More 

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Clovis, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

While in ouro Preto with some friends they convinced me to go here since I collect coins (US). I thought it was fantastic.

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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 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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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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