Collection & Research

The Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy has 47,880 inventoried and digitized objects (minerals, crystals, mineral specimens, rocks, meteorites). The collection is steadily growing through donations and acquisitions, so that additional minerals and discovery sites can be inventoried. In addition, more and more information and data is being digitized and inventoried. This includes photographs and 3D photomodels of collection objects. These 3D photo models are also integrated into the permanent and special exhibition at the Museum Mineralogia Munich, so that visitors also have the opportunity to view objects from all sides. Furthermore, the collection is considered to be a very important scientific archive. Therefore, research is also carried out with the collection objects of the State Collection for Mineralogy. There is also a very good national and international scientific exchange.

Main focus

  • Minerals from Russia and the successor states of the former Soviet Union. Within this collection area, special emphasis is placed on covering the deposits of the Kola Peninsula deposit district as extensively as possible, as well as the large number of extremely rare fumarole products of the Tolbachik volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
  • Meteorites
  • Minerals of alpine and Bavarian deposits
  • Phosphate minerals
  • Mineral deposits of the Iberian Peninsula
  • Mineral phases important for material science

Adoption of endangered collections in Bavaria: as the Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy, the State Collection feels responsible for the holdings of the public mineralogical collections in Bavaria. If such collections are not further cared for by the previous sponsorship, the Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy feels obliged to take over such collections.