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Museum of Mineralogy

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Address: Praca Tiradentes 20, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Description: One of the largest collections of rocks and minerals in the world...
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.
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Lots of minerals And gem stones!!

We were glad we came here And saw all The wonderful collection of precious stones. We went To s gold mine earlier that day And didn't see any!! Good for kids And there is a hands... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We were glad we came here And saw all The wonderful collection of precious stones. We went To s gold mine earlier that day And didn't see any!! Good for kids And there is a hands on section at The end!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The collection is overwhelming to see. Not one but two large sections of minerals. Many from US as well. You can visit a Physics, machinery, mining section also besides the minerals. Large open air middle section of museum. R 6 to enter.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This place really tries to show every mineral available on Earth. There are also some meteorite samples of Brazilian origin and apparently gifts from USA. The mineral are classified and present in a very exquisite exhibit. You can even turn off the light and watch fluorescent minerals emit some light in the dark. I especially liked that each mineral had... More 

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Essex Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Exceptional. The finest collection of minerals, beautifully presented and with chemical details presented in an orderly manner so that you can see what a difference to a crystalline structure the tiniest change in chemical composition causes. Breathtaking examples of crystalline structures,beautifully lit and presented. Lots of information about mining and a very fine, traditional academic display on the top floor.... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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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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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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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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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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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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