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Museum of Mineralogy

Praca Tiradentes 20, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Ranked #12 of 48 Attractions in Ouro Preto
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: One of the largest collections of rocks and minerals in the world, including diamonds, uranium, topaz, quartz, agates and much more, is housed inside... more » Owner description: One of the largest collections of rocks and minerals in the world, including diamonds, uranium, topaz, quartz, agates and much more, is housed inside the School of Mines. « less
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Tucson, Arizona
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We liked this small museum. There are 5 different parts, but it takes about 45 min. to an hour to go through unless you are REALLY interested in mineralogy. We went with small kids and there was enough to keep them interested - the best parts are at the end (the physics/science experiment room and the gems room). It was... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

It is not easy to keep interest during the visit. Lots of objects and it gets boring. It is pity that in such rich area with so many miners, this museum is such old style.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

I must confess, I have a special interest in geology! But I found this place fascinating. It has a rock and mineral collections as good as some European museums. All very well labelled and well displayed.

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Le françois,martinique
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68 reviews 68 reviews
62 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

A good museum . A pleasure to visit. The best us how to make fake jewels with a teeth brush plastic ! ! you will pay attention. No a lot of gold . A very educative visit in a colonial house

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Well laid out museum and inexpensive. The mineral room has an incredible selection of stones and really grabs the attention. Some of their examples of semi precious gems are stunning.

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Rome, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

On a very historical city like Ouro Preto, it will be also very interesting taking a time to know more about the stones and gems that are much responsible for the importance and fame of the city. Even non-specialists will like this museum, organized in a very didactical way, and be surprised by the beauty of the mineral richness of... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Most of the museum is showing its age and will be interests only to geologists or mining geeks. The mineral exhibit us a MUST see though !

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The English was lacking. There were lots of rooms and a ticket taker for each one. I got a bit of understanding about the mining industry.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Especially liked the room with all the minerals but also the section with steel production history and chemical science history..

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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

There is so much to learn about Brazil and this little city. I visited all the museums during my visit, and it was worth the time.

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