The Mineralogical Museum dedicates 500 square meters to the mysterious world of glittering precious gems, minerals, rocks, and even extraterrestrial objects, namely meteorites. You can admire the largest meteorite currently on display in Germany or the shards of a chunk that crashed to Earth in Russia in 2013. The museum also displays a huge range of minerals, including sulfur, oxygen, carbon, and silicon compounds, as well as petrified wood and rocks transported by Ice-Age glaciers. Find out how our ancestors discovered minerals centuries ago and used them to extract metals or make dyes, and how we use them today for smartphones. And learn how to distinguish between natural and synthetic gems.
Minerals, gemstones, meteorites, ores, and rocks: the Museum’s permanent exhibition, established in 1969, showcases more than 1,500 selected items and also features minerals first documented by researchers at Universität Hamburg and thus provides an insight into the Museum’s research activities. On Wednesdays visitors can bring in their own finds and have these examined by an expert.