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Museum of Mineralogy

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Address: Praca Tiradentes 20, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 31 3559 3119

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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Beautiful Collection

We enjoyed all of the beautiful displays. My son was blown away by the variety of minerals. They could have a less fussy way of progressing through the museum, and better signage... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed all of the beautiful displays. My son was blown away by the variety of minerals. They could have a less fussy way of progressing through the museum, and better signage on which way to go next. Very inexpensive.

Thank sachidewey
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Largest and most comprehensive collection of minerals I have ever seen. They were all well displayed.

Thank alan67456
Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This museum is not the most fancy museum you will ever visit, but unless you are a mineralogist, you will probably never see so many gem stones in one place. Our 8 year old son said it was one of the best museums he ever visited. The staff is very friendly and happy to answer questions.

Thank celinebelgium
Fortaleza, CE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This museum belongs to the federal universisty of minas gerais and if you like precoous gems with a bit of science into it is a must! We took the guided tour with one of the students which made it even more interesting because the guide was a student of geology and could explain the kids all the difference between the... More 

Thank cintiafsampaio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

The museum is awesome for the pol who like the subject. It has a room with precious stones from all over the world, lota of variety. Really worthy! My fav on OP.

Thank Aline G
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

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!!

Thank PaulMarc
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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.

Thank Sabrina W
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 

1 Thank Alexander K
Essex Coast
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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 

Thank EssexRiparian
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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