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Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP

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Address: Praca Tiradentes, 20 - Centro, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000 , Brazil
Phone Number: 0055 313559-3119
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Mineralogical wonderland

This museum is really worthwhile for rock hounds and budding geologists. There is a very impressive collection of minerals, many of which are locally mined and turned into the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 March 2016
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Oak Park, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The science and technology part of this museum is very dated, but the rock and mineral collection is wonderful and comprehensive, as befitting an old mining town.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

This museum is really worthwhile for rock hounds and budding geologists. There is a very impressive collection of minerals, many of which are locally mined and turned into the "pedras lepidadas" sold in every shop and peddled by eager garimpeiros on every street corner on Praça Tiradentes. It is truly a phenomenal collection with a dizzying variety of every imaginable... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Overwhelming number of mineral specimens (30,000?) on display in multiple rooms but Mineralogy 1 is spectacular if you appreciate geology at all. Plenty of other things to see and all is very educational. Great value and time well spent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015 via mobile

If you are as interested in these sculptures of nature as I am, this is your fine art museum to go in Ouro Preto. Two rooms full of precious eyecandy can be almost overwhelming. Beautifully displayed in wood cabinets, the variety of the rocks and gems here presented is astonishing.

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2 Thank Renata C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

This is a very interesting place to go and explore with, or without, your kids!!! The “dark room” with all the gems is truly amazing. I would only suggest more panels with explanations to make it even more educative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

This museum hosts two amazing gem stone rooms with some truly exquisite pieces! Worth the price of admission alone. The other exhibits that involved mining equipment etc we're a bit lame and I would have liked some more information to have been in English. Some exhibits have cards in English and some don't.

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

The Gem room is fascinating. I really was not interested in gems or stones but after spending time there and seeing what these stones look like in their natural states, and where they are found, I decided I wanted to buy some jewelry! I did not have much attention from guides at the Museum as others mentioned. The only help... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Museum bigger than expected. Descriptions in English, French as well as portuguese. Interesting if you are science minded and for me made me want to read more around the subjects. The mineral room is fantastic!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2012

The Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP is worth a visit if you are in Ouro Preto. The museum is housed in an aging school, some of which is being renovated, and I found the building's slightly run-down atmosphere to be interesting in itself. The exhibits are even more compelling, and there are a *lot* of them.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

And everything keeps changing there. It's a new museum still in the process of adapting the architecture and getting things in the best way for expositions. There should be some explanations about how the architecture changed along the different occupations of the building complex!

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