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Museu de História Natural e Jardim Botânico (Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden)

  • Rua Gustavo da Silveira 1035 Map It
  • Santa Inês

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Although it has an area of nearly 150 acres with Brazilian fauna, flora, archaeology, and mineralogy, the main attraction of this museum run by the Minas Gerais Federal University is the Presépio do Pipiripau (Pipiripau Crèche). This ingenious work of art narrates Christ's life in 45 scenes, with 580 moving figures. It was built by Raimundo Machado de Azevedo, who began assembling it in 1906 and finished in 1984.

Sight Information


Rua Gustavo da Silveira 1035, Belo Horizonte, 31080–010, Brazil

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031-3409–7600; 031-3482–9723

Sight Details:

  • R$4
  • Tues.–Fri. 8–noon and 1–4, weekends 10–5

Published 06/18/2015


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