Quality Hotel Afonso Pena
Av. Afonso Pena, 3761
Belo Horizonte, 30130-008
Phone: (55) 31 21118900
Fax: (55) 31 21118901
UFMG Natural History Museum & Botanical Gardens
Tu to Fr from 08:30 AM to 11:30 AM,Tu to Fr from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM,Sa to Su from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
This museum is run by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), a space dedicated to research and preservation of native fauna and flora as part of the UFMG Agricultural Institute. The Museum of Natural History officially opened in 1969 and the surrounding green area was also opened to the public as a botanical garden. They have permanent and temporary exhibitions in various scientific fields, including paleontology, archaeology and biology, some with interactive displays. The top attraction, though, is the Presépio do Piripipau, an animated nativity scene depicting the entire life of Jesus Christ in 45 scenes illustrated by 580 figures. This was constructed by local artist Raimundo Azevedo in 1906 and donated to the Museum in 1976.