Museum Mineralogia Munich

The Museum Mineralogia Munich is the publicly accessible part of the Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy in Munich. The majority of the showcases are arranged around the large lecture hall of the institute building. In the west part, in the passage corridor to the scientific institutes, there are showcases dedicated to the explanation of mineralogical and crystallographic terms.

Mobile experimental arrangements, which can be operated by the visitor, models and of course the matching mineral specimens and single crystals explain concepts such as crystal structure, symmetry elements, mineral optics, crystal growth, crystal cultivation and much more in a didactically excellent manner. Here the visitor is slowly introduced to the field of science mineralogy. The wall displays in this area, when not needed for a special exhibition, are dedicated to the presentation of important Bavarian ore and mineral deposits and their minerals.

The showcases in the east of the large lecture hall serve, among other things, as “action areas” for the short-term presentation of particularly current topics. A separate showcase is available to the Munich Association of Friends of Minerals, which supports the museum financially; it is designed alternately by the individual sections of the association under selected themes.

In addition to these showcases, which are freely accessible in the passage rooms, the museum also has a separate exhibition room in which the special exhibitions take place every year in the winter semester. In the summer semester, raw and cut gemstones, precious metals (gold, silver and platinum) and meteorites from the holdings of the Mineralogical State Collection are displayed in this room.


Retrospective: Treasure Island

Temporary Exhibitions

This temporary exhibition is dedicated to minerals, crystals and exhibits from the Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy and the archives of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University.

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50 years of the Olympic Games in Munich

News , Temporary Exhibitions

Gold, silver and bronze – for many, the connection with metals and medals is certainly trivial, but not a lot of people know about the origin and history of the formation of these raw materials. Moreover, they are essential for the equipment.

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March 2023 – Crocoite

Mineral of the Month 2023 , News

What a beautiful intense color! The mineral of the month March is the crocoite. This mineral is also known under the name “red lead ore” (German: Rotbleierz). This name gives also directly conclusions about the composition, because crocoite is a lead chromate. The color varies between a strong yellow over yellow-orange up to a bright red. Crocoite forms as a rare secondary mineral in the oxidation zone of chromium-bearing lead deposits. The so far best and largest specimens were found in Dundas on Tasmania in Australia. Also this beautiful example shown here, which can be observed in the Museum Mineralogia Munich.

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Private: Long night of the museums on 15.10.2022 with children’s program already in the afternoon

Guided Tours & Programs , News , Temporary Exhibitions

On 15.10.2022 the Long Night of the Museums in Munich will take place again. More than 90 museums and other art spaces will participate again this year from 6 pm to 1 am. The Museum Mineralogia Munich is of course also participating again

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The Kunstareal – new video


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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