10 Things to Do in Ouro Preto That You Shouldn't Miss

March 2, 2018 Kelli Reichel

Ouro Preto is a former colonial mining town with beautifully preserved Baroque architecture and quaint cobblestone streets. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It earned recognition during Brazil's Golden Age as a center for gold mining and prosperity in the 18th century. Today it is a popular tourist destination.
Restaurants in Ouro Preto

1. Centro Historico de Ouro Preto

Cidade de Ouro Preto, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil 35512655
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Centro Historico de Ouro Preto

Reviewed By WC-Travelers-75 - West Chester, PA

Great walking experience despite the steep hills. The preserved buildings and church contribute to the historic atmosphere. Commercialization takes away the atmosphere on the Praca Tiradentes; away from that area is is very good.
Tiradentes and Paraty have an older more authentic feel for me than Ouro Preto.
However, this is still a national monument and World Heritage Site not to missed on your tour.

2. Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar

Travessa Lauro Barbosa 16 | Bairro do Pilar, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil +55 31 3551 4736
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Pilar

This baroque style church is very lavish inside, reflecting a period in which religious orders competed with each other to build the richest church.

Reviewed By ed-TO - Toronto, Canada

We found a very capable English speaking guide outside the church and this really heightened our experience. He pointed out the incredible variety of architectural and artistic variety within the Basilica, talking about the origins of the images and the artisans who made them. The small museum downstairs also had some interesting and unexpected things like vestments with 8kg of gold woven into the threads, a carving with distinctive local features by Aleijandrinho, and some unusual symbolism borrowed both from Candomble and less surprisingly from Judaism. This was really a fascinating visit!

3. Church of Sao Francisco de Assis

Largo de Coimbra, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil +55 31 3551 3282
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Church of Sao Francisco de Assis

Reviewed By ed-TO - Toronto, Canada

This was the first church we visited and it gave us a great introduction to the fine work of Aleijandrinho and Mataide. The quality of their craftsmanship is stunning and we found that we just wanted to appreciate how well everything fit together to give this church such an harmonious feel. The location is also easy to reach and a good start for anyone visiting OP.

4. Itacolomi state park

Rodovia dos Inconfidentes, Km 3, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil (31) 3351-6193
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4.5 based on 222 reviews

Itacolomi state park

Tue-Sun 8am-5pm

Reviewed By tiogegeca - Ouro Preto, MG

But it's a terrible way to get there. Hard to find the beggining of the road that gets you there but in the middle you'll wish you hadn't found. Once you get to the top, you'll forget all the problems. Better to go whenever there's a championship of paragliders (it seems there's one every week).

5. Casa dos Contos

Rua Sao Jose 12, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil +55 31 3551-1444
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Casa dos Contos

Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Reviewed By ArturBSB - Brasília, Brazil

I've been to this museum specifically to know its underground quarters, where the slaves used to rest. The feeling of the conditions in which they lived is depressing, but it's an important testimonial about the slavery tragedy to our contemporary society (like Auschwitz Camp or the East Berlim basements).

6. Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP

Praca Tiradentes, 20 - Centro, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil 0055 313559-3119
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4.5 based on 327 reviews

Museu de Ciencia e Tecnica da Escola de Minas/UFOP

Reviewed By ajaceman - Vancouver

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 kind of silicate known to man. There are other displays as well as some models of mining techniques. The museum curators should solicit the help of a young knowledgeable palaeontologist to correct some fossil names, but most people would hardly notice these minor errors in nomenclature. Go rock!

7. Museum of Betrayal

Praca Tiradentes 139, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil +55 31 3551 1121
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Museum of Betrayal

This museum of Brazilian history at Praca Tiradentes was at one time a prison.

Reviewed By Jarko2015 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This is definitely somewhere worth visiting, especially the upstairs galleries which house some truly beautiful carvings and statues. However, it's BR10 to enter, which although not a huge amount of money, it's only after you've paid that they tell you they don't have the audio tour available after all. Since hardly anything in the museum is labelled in anything but Portuguese, this is a problem. Not sure I'd have paid the cash had I known. Plus the ticket seller isn't exactly very nice and didn't give me my change, something I was helped with by one of the guards who witnessed me being short changed and stepped in when the seller refused. And there's no photography allowed. All in all, not a great experience.

8. Santa Efigenia dos Pretos church

Rua Santa Efigenia, s/n | Alto da Cruz, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil 31-3551-5047
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4.5 based on 294 reviews

Santa Efigenia dos Pretos church

Tue-Sun 8.30am-4.30pm

Reviewed By vikskio - Comblain-au-Pont, Belgium

funny enough it's the "black men's" church, but as it is on top of the hill, it is very much appreciated and not to be missed from the centre of Ouro Preto...just look up,and there it is! prime location!

9. Casa dos Inconfidentes Museum

Rua Engenheiro Correa | Vila Aparecida, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil +55 31 3551-2739
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4.5 based on 231 reviews

Casa dos Inconfidentes Museum

Reviewed By Xinguelingue

It is a steep climb but once you get there you are welcomed by the kind staff, quiet atmosphere, and superb views of the whole town. The displays are nothing special since almost nothing originate from the house. I give 5 stars due to the...MoreThank you! You are most welcome in our Museum. Im sorry for anything i miss in my explanations, but im very glad that you could understand some of it :) We hope you enjoyed our city! Att. Staff Museu Casa dos Inconfidentes

10. Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio)

At St. Carmel Novitiate, Ouro Preto, State of Minas Gerais 35400-000, Brazil 3135515369
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4.5 based on 612 reviews

Oratory Museum (Museu Do Oratorio)

Reviewed By Dominique N - Stockholm, Sweden

This is super well organized museum. Do not miss it! Friendly crew and beautiful collection. The oratory made of shells was surprise.

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