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Casa dos Contos

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Address: Rua Sao Jose 12, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil
Phone Number: (31) 3551-1444
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Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

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Free entrance - and you can take pictures mostly everywhere. Helpful people telling the story of the gold foundry and money mint. Interesting collection of local currency. One of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 July 2016
Pedro L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Free entrance - and you can take pictures mostly everywhere. Helpful people telling the story of the gold foundry and money mint. Interesting collection of local currency. One of the best attractions in Ouro Preto

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

I went with a friend to the museum, the museum it is in an old residency that has its own story. On the basement you can see how slaves used to live and were treated. On the second and third floors is the museum were you can see the evolution of coins and the different types of currency that Brazil... More 

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Saint-Mathieu-de-Treviers, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

Pretty building in the city heart. Former seat of the Treasury. Former prison of inconfidentes. Historical aspects also showing the contrast between the lives of settlers and slaves. We like the windows decorated with privileged views of Ouro Preto. The natural botanical park surrounding the house is absolutely beautiful. It is possible to cross out in another part of Ouro... More 

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Clovis, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

While in ouro Preto with some friends they convinced me to go here since I collect coins (US). I thought it was fantastic.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015

What s inside the building : painting exhibition and permanent exhibition of old tools etc. It is more the building itself you should concentrate on : it used to be the tax collector office and private house. High ceilings, huge rooms and majestuous staircase. Interesting features : the yard with house water supply, the kitchen and slaves quarters. Gives you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

Small, nice museum, where you briefly learn about the history of currency in Brazil, and can appreciate the architecture of an old house with ancient slave facilities.

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São Paulo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Very interesting house, although the coin collections are a bit small. It´s worth the visit. There is a great view at the top of the house and the part were the slaves lived is also very interesting.

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Liguria, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015

This museum relates the history of the gold mines and their slaves, and is well worth a couple of hours. The part devoted to the life of the slaves was horribly fascinating, and made us ashamed of the way that human beings can treat their fellows. The building itself is also interesting with some very steep stairs to climb. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014

The museum is free of charge and provides brief overview of Brazilian coins and paper money. It has some very peculiar coins that a basically huge pieces of gold worth a fortune, something like 10,000 Rs of old Portugal money. I would assume you could have bought a huge estate in Lisbon just with that one coin in mid-18th century.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2014

The most interesting thing was to see the basic conditions in which slaves actually lived in the basement of the elegant building. Not prettified or embellished at all, I understand. Also, gruesome evidence of the ways in which slaves were kept in check and controlled. A great history-lesson.

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