Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP, Ouro Preto

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Noted for its collection of unusual mineral specimens and dazzling gemstones, Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP is a must-see on your tour of this former colonial mining town. The popular gem room contains a collection of minerals, from quartz to diamond to uranium, including many rare specimens. You can also see an exhibit about the evolution of modern technology, or visit the astronomical observatory, displaying instruments used to observe the sky centuries ago. Official tours in English are available upon request, and ample multilingual literature is provided at the entrance to help guide you through some of the more complex scientific displays. The museum is housed in a building constructed in 1741, the site of an ancient fortification. Use our Ouro Preto trip itinerary maker to add Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP and other attractions to your Ouro Preto vacation plans.
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  • The Museum is divided into four sectors and each of which has its wonders-Fossils, minerals and precious stones, equipment and experiments. The attendants are super attentive and should go with time to enjoy every one of the sectors with calm.
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  • Museum tackles various areas of science, since until the formation of the Earth mineralogy. Well worth going.
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  • Great place to learn a little more about the life and usefulness of mineral components.
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  • This was an interesting museum. I learned a lot about Ouro Preto's mining history, but the museum could be laid out a bit better.
  • Positively impressed. Excellent Museum, maintained by Ouro Preto Federal University - UFOP. Mining, Natural History and basic Science... Worth visiting. Attention to detail, lots of gems, scale models, history, culture and early engineering efforts from Brazilian, Portuguese, British and others that came to this city looking for gold and other gems. Would recommend hiring a tour guide or renting a device that narrates each one of the museum rooms. Approx 38 well done audio lessons guiding the visitor to the epoch and time of the early mining and culture.
  • Belas coleções!
  • O museu é incrível! Possui um acervo que inclui peças relacionadas a diversas áreas científicas, como física, biologia e geologia, além de acervo referente a áreas técnicas, como mineração e metalurgia. O grande destaque do museu é a seção de mineralogia. A sala escura tem um aspecto de joalheria luxuosa de alta segurança. Isso porque ali se encontram belíssimas amostras minerais que são verdadeiras jóias!
  • Excelente museu, com acervo vasto e rico. O único senão fica para a parte de pedras e minérios, onde falta alguma explicação sobre o que se está vendo. O acervo é imenso, recomendo ir com tempo e disposição.