Mina de Gramado

Parque Tomasini - A Mina - Museu de Pedras em Gramado


Useful Information

Location: 31 RS-235, S/N - Centro, Gramado - RS, 95670-000.
(-29.401140, -50.911440)
Open: All year Tue-Sun 8:30-17, last entry 16:30.
[2022]
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Classification: SubterraneaMining Museum
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
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Guided tours: L=80 m.
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Accessibility: yes
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Address: A Mina de Gramado, Rua Germano Boff Rs 235 km 31 Carasal, Gramado – RS, 95670-000, Tel: +55-54-9-9934-3829, Tel: +55-54-9-956-7483.
Parque Tomasini, Rua Germano Boff 31 RS-235, S/N - Centro, Gramado - RS, 95670-000, Tel: +55-54-9-999-77809.
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History

2012 mineral museum opened to the public.

Description

The Parque Tomasini is a sort of park with lakes and a restaurant, and also the location of a cart track. Two important attractions are a show mine simply called A Mina (The Mine) and the Museu de Pedras em Gramado (Museum of Rocks and Minerals). The main attraction is obviously the mineral museum which has a vast collection of more than 1,000 specimens of minerals, gems and fossils from all over the world. They also state they have the largest amethyst geode in the world, with a weight of 31.3 tons, 6 m high and 4 m wide. The mine is a replica mine, a replica of a typical amethyst mine of Rio Grande do Sul.

The museum was created by a family which worked with gemstones for over 50 years. They were mining and selling amethysts, but had the dream of showing the beauty of precious stones and the sensations of an amethyst mine to people. The museum was opened by five brothers in an area where actually no mines exist. The mine replica copies a typical mine from the southern part of the state.