Museum Mineralogia Munich

The Museum Mineralogia München is the publicly accessible part of the Mineralogische Staatssammlung München. The main part of the showcases is grouped around the large lecture hall of the institute building. Showcases in the western passage corridor to the scientific institutes explain mineralogical and crystallographic terms.

Mineral of the Month

Monthly we introduce you to a new mineral. You will learn more about the mineral, possible applications in our everyday life and the reasons why scientific questions are exciting. In an extra showcase you can marvel at the mineral of the month during your next visit to the museum.

Reseach

Our research focuses on the analysis of rocks building the Earth's mantle and its resources. However, the examination of meteorites, especially those originating from Mars, is also of particular importance at the Mineralogische Staatssammlung. Their investigation allows us to draw conclusions about our neighbouring planet and its formation, but also about the early development of Earth and our planetary system.

Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy

The MSM is a collection with a great history. A whole series of diverse acquisitions formed the basis of a collection that to this day, despite many setbacks extending into the recent past, remains one of the great German mineralogical collections. The team of the Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy is, in addition to the curatorial tasks for the maintenance of the collections, also engaged in the mediation of mineralogical and geoscientific topics in the Museum Mineralogia Munich.

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September 2023 – Pyrrhotite

Mineral of the Month 2023 , News

The mineral of the month September is the pyrrhotite. Pyrrhotite often occurs in magmatic ore deposits. In these deposits, it is usually closely intergrown with chalcopyrite and pentlandite. In magmatic deposits, such as the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, it is also of economic interest because it also incorporates nickel into its structure. The exhibit for the mineral of the month comes from Trepča. A very well known locality for minerals (especially sphalerite).

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The Kunstareal – new video

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The Museum Mineralogia Munich is part of the Kunstareal. Many joint events take place within the framework of the Kunstareal. Remember for example the light action in winter 2020 or the Kunstarealfest!

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Museum Mineralogia at the Munich Show 26.10. to 29.10.2023

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The Mineralogische Staatssammlung München and the Museum Mineralogia München will be represented with a booth at the Munich Show like every year. So feel free to come and visit us at the booth. A visit at the Munich Show is worthwhile in any case.

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Mineral of the Month 2023

September 2023 – Pyrrhotite

Mineral of the Month 2023 , News

The mineral of the month September is the pyrrhotite. Pyrrhotite often occurs in magmatic ore deposits. In these deposits, it is usually closely intergrown with chalcopyrite and pentlandite. In magmatic deposits, such as the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, it is also of economic interest because it also incorporates nickel into its structure. The exhibit for the mineral of the month comes from Trepča. A very well known locality for minerals (especially sphalerite).

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August Sandrose (gypsum)

Mineral of the Month 2023

In the context of our current special exhibition “Blühende Minerale” a sand rose may not be missing in the category mineral of the month. Therefore, the mineral of the month August is this beautiful small sand rose. Of course, this is not a petrified rose. It is only the rose form, which gives the name. Mineralogically it concerns in this case gypsum. These sand roses are formed in hot and dry desert areas. The special climatic conditions ensure that groundwater is brought to the surface by capillary forces. The content for the mineral gypsum are dissolved in this water. Due to evaporation and supersaturation of the solution, gypsum crystallizes in these characteristic leaf-shaped structures. The most famous sand roses are found in North Africa. In our exhibition you can see and even touch several large sand roses. So feel free to come by again sometime!

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July 2023 – Pyromorphite

Mineral of the Month 2023

These beautiful green crystals, are the mineral of the month July. Pyromorphite crystallizes in the hexagonal crystal system. This can be seen also very nicely at the crystals. Typically pyromorphite occurs near the surface in connection with lead deposits. Thereby pyromorphite is formed secondarily as a weathering product of minerals like for example galena. And somehow this mineral also reminds of a nice collection of green plants or a green meadow, doesn’t it? Of course, this also fits to the special exhibition FlowerPower, which you can see until October.

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