The Minas Gerais Vale Memorial presents the history, culture and traditions of Minas Gerais. It was developed based on the concept of a “museum of experience”, which seeks to dialogue with its various audiences through the contents it exhibits, presents or includes in its programming. Inaugurated in 2010, the museum occupies the building where the State Treasury Department used to operate. Listed by the State Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage of Minas Gerais – IEPHA MG, the building dates back to 1897.

Upon entering the museum, the visitor is invited to discover, without a pre-defined route, the life and work of artists who are symbols of Minas Gerais, such as Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Guimarães Rosa, Lygia Clark and Sebastião Salgado, strolling through the towns of Minas Gerais and its stories, by the farms, by the Vale do Jequitinhonha, to learn more about the formation of the people of Minas Gerais and about the Baroque, to know new talents of the state and their creations.

In addition to the environments with permanent collection and coexistence, offers free cultural programming, which includes popular and classical music shows, readings, soirées, workshops, book launches, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and academic events, among others.

At Minas Gerais Vale Memorial, education is understood as one of the primary functions of a museum. Thus, it prioritizes the training of educators and maintains a program especially aimed at pedagogical coordinators, teachers and students of all ages and their families.

Young people in a cultural meeting in the auditorium of Minas Gerais Vale Memorial


Accessibility is also a premise of the museum, which increasingly seeks to constitute itself as a space for all and for everyone. Besides the physical spaces and accessible communication platforms, MMGV considers the characteristics, potentialities, and interests of each visitor, in order to create an environment increasingly conducive to experimentation and knowledge building.

music class for all ages

MMGV building, former Minas Finance Department, with restored architecture

Minas Gerais Vale Memorial

Service Hours

Free entrance

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visitors must leave by 6 p.m.​
Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., visitors must leave by 10 p.m.​
Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visitors must leave by 4 p.m.​


Praça da Liberdade, 640, corner of Rua Gonçalves Dias Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais – Brazil – ZIP code: 30140-010

Contact Info

(31) 3308-4000

Learn more about the Minas Gerais Memorial and participate in the online programming:

Staircase located right at the entrance of the MMGV, with a modern and bright glass ceiling

Photo Gallery

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Young people dancing in the street, in front of the facade of Memorial Vale

Labirinto Dança nas Rodas no Boa Noite Memorial

Room Farms from Minas

Lavadeiras da Prainha

Minas Rupestrian Room, highlights the history of Belo Horizonte

Programming within Minas Gerais Vale Memorial for the whole family

Exhibition Everything is home, shell, scarce, sunset, body: places made of clay

Balaio de Sinhá Workshop at Minas Gerais Vale Memorial

Works of the Parrot Eyes exhibition, at MMGV


A Night at the Cultural Museum is an annual event of Minas Gerais Vale Memorial that brings multiple experiences. This year’s edition keeps the tradition of diversifying the programs with music, dramatic reading, art intervention, projections, DJ, and gastronomy in the surroundings and inside the Museum area.

The Vale Minas Gerais Museum hosted a street party called Everyone fits in the world(“Todo mundo cabe no mundo”) during the city’s 2023 carnival celebrations. Created by artist Marcelo Xavier, this street party held a dress rehearsal on the museum’s front steps, in the presence of the “Momesca Court” group of Belo Horizonte. See this statement by Marcelo Xavier about the street party’s creation and the importance of occupying the streets, including people with disabilities in carnival activities and fighting prejudice.