The imposing building of the MM Gerdau - Museu das Minas e do Metal, popularly known as "Pink Building" of Praça da Liberdade, home of an important collection of the two main economic activities of Minas Gerais: mining and metallurgy.
The construction began in October, 1895, in order to house the Secretaria do Interior which later hosted the Secretaria de Educação. Designed by architect José de Magalhães, the building followed the architectural pattern adopted for all buildings planned by the Nova Capital Construction Commission - the eclectic style, with a predominance of neoclassical French elements.
Protected by the Instituto Estadual do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico de Minas Gerais, in its facade stand out the big red columns, made from colored limestone, similar to marble. Another major attraction is it decorative paintings parietal eclectic style, discovered beneath up to nine layers of paint during the restoration to house the Museu das Minas e do Metal.
Putting metallurgy from a historical perspective, the eighteen rooms of the museum exhibit creatively the fascinating universe of metals, minerals and its components. There is forty-four attractions about this subject, eleven are facilities dedicated to the major mines of the State.
When visiting theMM Gerdau - Museu das Minas e do Metal, be sure to check the attraction "Gold" (Ouro). This is a true ride of Dom Pedro II and Empress Teresa Cristina at the Morro Velho Mine in Nova Lima, made in a virtual elevator that descends to two thousand four hundred and fifty meters deep. Another must-see attraction is the first lift of Belo Horizonte, which was installed in the building where today the Museu das Minas e do Metal, which is still in operation.
MM Gerdau - Museu das Minas e do Metal