Comprised of more than four thousand pieces, the Museu da Inconfidência has copies of virtually all spheres of socio-cultural life of the State of Minas Gerais in the 18th and 19th centuries. Representatives of human production in the face of their needs for survival, pleasure and communication, the objects are closely related to the formation of Brazilian society.
You can see traces of constructive systems of profane and religious character, and objects of personal use, clothing, ornamentation, protection, and war. Featured, in large part, due to its rarity and beauty, the collection is also characterized by its relevant historical and iconographic content.
The importance of art objects that make up the current exhibition also draw attention for its authorship. There are works of Antônio Francisco Lisboa (Aleijadinho), Francisco Vieira Servas, Francisco Xavier de Brito, Manuel da Costa Athaide, João Nepomuceno, Armand Julien Pallière, among others.
We must give due attention to collections such as the sheets music found by Francisco Curt Lange, researcher who discovered a century of musicality that was ignored by Brazilian experts and judicial proceedings relating to actions that were underway in the 18th and 19th centuries, which are highly revealing about the urban core of the State of Minas Gerais in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The initial core of the Museu da Inconfidência proceeded from three main sources: Museu Arquidiocesano de Mariana (Archdiocesan Museum of Mariana), Museu Vicente Racioppi and Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Vicente Racioppi Museum and Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN). From there it was widening through purchases and donations.