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Address: Praca Tiradentes 20, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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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A very comprehensive museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2014
Alexander K
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
63 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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