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National History Museum

The Museo Historico Nacional is a good place to begin an exploration of Montevideo for those interested in the city's past. It is housed in a conglomeration of several old houses in the Old City, all once dwelt in by national heroes. The main section, for example, topped by a distinctive octagonal cupola, was once the home of Fructuoso Rivera, the country's first president. The museum's collection traces the history of Uruguay from before its colonisation by Europeans up to the mid-20th century.

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Corner of Rincon and Misiones Avenue in the Old City
The official language is Spanish.

The official currency of Uruguay is the Uruguayan Peso (UYU), but US Dollars are also accepted by some tourist businesses, retailers and taxi drivers. The peso is divided into 100 centécimos. Currency can be exchanged at banks and Money Exchange Shops, which both offer similar exchange rates. Exchange rates tend to fluctuate frequently. There are plenty of ATMs available in shopping centres and attached to banks in commercial areas, but not all cards are accepted. Credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club, are widely accepted by shops and restaurants. Travellers cheques are easiest to exchange if in US Dollars.

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