The Historical Museum is housed in the building where the first jail was opened in 1814. The Cotton Museum brings together a collection that shows how the city became the second largest producer of the raw-material in the world. The Luiz Gonzaga Museum reminds us of the eternal King of the Baião.
The Assis Chateaubriand Collection exhibit is also worth seeing. It is a good sample of the best of Brazilian art, with works by Portinari, Anita Malfatti, Pedro Américo and many others.
The Central Market is one the largest in the northeast and is open every day. There, you will find furniture, clothing, agricultural products and foodstuffs. And if you want to try really good carne de sol (sundried beef), go to the Alto Branco neighborhood, where you will find the major churrascarias (steakhouses). After that, visit the neighboring historical cities of Areais and Inga, only 28 miles (45km) away.