Museu de Valores
An easy walk south from the rodoviária, you can’t miss the towering skyscrapers of concrete and dark glass that house the Edifício-Sede do Banco Central. At the rear of the Central Bank building, the Museu de Valores (SBSl, Qd. 3, Bl. B, tel. 61/3414-2093, www.bcb.gov.br/?museu, 10 a.m.–5:40 p.m. Tues.–Fri., 2–6 p.m. Sat.) traces Brazilian history via its many monies: from the first coins minted in Portugal to the remarkably stable (and increasingly valorized) real of today.
The most fascinating section is devoted to a history of gold in different forms, ranging from the ingots featuring the emperor’s official stamp to the largest gold nugget ever found in the world, a 61-kilo (135-pound) chunk that was uncovered in the Amazon region.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition