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“small but worth a view”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Museum of Betrayal

Museum of Betrayal
Ranked #4 of 123 things to do in Ouro Preto
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This museum of Brazilian history at Praca Tiradentes was at one time a prison.
Sao Paulo, SP
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251 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“small but worth a view”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

This museum might be quite small compared to other History Museum, however it's a great way to learn and understand more about Ouro Preto, the Gold Rush fever and the revolution attempt of the "inconfidencia" movement,

Without stopping by this museum and learing more about the city, you will end up missing a lot of stuff while walking through the city.

Visited December 2013
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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Very informative”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

We went to the museum and used an audio guide to get explanations about the exhibited items. Of course you have some standard items which give an idea of the 'golden' area of Ouro Preto such as furniture, religious art, etc... .
But you are here to hear about the conspiracy by Tiradentes and his accomplices. The information from the audio guide painted a picture of the time of Tiradentes when the treasures of Brazil were solely used to finance the Portuguese crown. It further explains how Tiradentes wanted to take steps to independence, how he was betrayed, trialled and eventually sentenced to death. It also leaves you with one of Brazil's unsolved mysteries: the disappearance of Tiradentes' head.
Further there is a short exhibition on how the gold mines were exploited, how important the role was of slaves in this process and how these 'employees' were treated.

Well worth a couple of hours.

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia
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81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“2 hours worth of exhibits”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

This museum at the time (August 2013) costs $ 8 reais to get in. ($4 reais for students and seniors). It has a lot of exhibits on different subjects. I didn´t expect it to be so encompassing. In addition to works related to the Inconfidencia Mineira, there is also furniture, religious art (including oratories) paintings and even a few musical instruments, dishes and other items. I spent 2 hours visiting it and rushed through the top floor since I was a little burnt out on architecture and museums. There is a lot to take in and see at this museum. Be prepared to put your purse/bag/camera in a locker (no extra charge) on the premises. I asked and was able to bring a notebook and pen into the exhibits.

Visited August 2013
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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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373 attraction reviews
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“Excellent presentations and exhibitions.”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

The entry cost is 8 Rs. It is worth it! The presentation is modern and clearly described in both Portuguese and English and an audio guide is also available in English. The upper floor has one of the best collections of 18th and 19th century furniture. All is wonderfully presented.

Visited January 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very enligthening and well produced! Muito bem montado!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Whenever my husband and I visit a museum in Europe, we feel a little embarassed to compare how easy it is for us, portuguese speakers, to enjoy the complete experience through very well produced material for audio guides... and how far behind are brazilian museums in terms of that! But the Museum of Betrayal was a glad sight: we saw for the first time the use of audio guides in Brasil! So much more practical and enjoyable... Also I payed close attention to the english version of writen texts, they all seemed well researched and carefully thought, and so It must have been done the same way for the audio guide. Very detailed and illustrated, all kinds of information about Colonial Brazil and the Gold Cycle (specially the history of the insurrection of Tiradentes), beautifully renovated.

Visited September 2012
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