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Museum Reich der Kristalle. Mineralogical collection

exterior view Museum Reich der Kristalle


Cacoxenite from El Horcajo




Azurite from El Pinar

tourmaline disc

vulcanic glass in thin section


pyroxene from greenland in thin section


  • Kunstareal
  • Nature


Theresienstraße 41
80333 München


Gallery Hours

Di.-So. u. Feiert. 13.00-17.00;bei Sonderausstellungen ggf. geänderte Öffnungszeiten
accessible with help

The Crystal World Museum is the publicly accessible section of the Mineralogical State Collection Munich and is located in a university building in the middle of the Kunstareal.  The permanent exhibition presents two branches: the parlor and a separate exhibit hall. The visitor enters a colorful world of precious stones and fluorescent minerals: precious metals and priceless meteorites including rare rocks from Mars and the moon all work their magic on young and old visitors.  The 289 kilogram iron meteorite from Namibia gives a person the opportunity to "touch" cosmic material with bare hands. As comparison to these art works of nature changing exhibits display works by artists. During the winter months the museum hosts special exhibits on particularly interesting topics and changes therefore the permanent show cases. Public tours conducted by the curators take place during winter usually on Wednesdays and Sundays at 3 p m. In addition group tours in german or english for children and adults can be booked along with youth projects ranging from two to three hours.

The Mineralogical State Collection Munich  has a fantastic history starting in 1759 with the establishment of the Bavarian Academy of the Sciences by Elector Max II Joseph.  Over the years several important collections were merged with the Mineralogical State Collection. Noteworthy are the minerals of the Mannheim Natural Science Cabinet as well as the mineral collections of Rappoltsweiler and Zweibrücken. Another famous catalog which joined the National Mineralogical Collection is the Leuchtenberg Collection of Eichstätt with numerous valuable Russian mineral levels, e.g. grades of gold from the Ural mountains, platinum nuggets, and many Russian precious stones like emeralds, topaz, phenakite, and tourmaline.
Reputable directors of the Collection include Johann Nepomuk von Fuchs (starting in 1823). He was the first to organize the collection according to modern chemical peculiarities instead of the earlier method employing merely external features.  His understudy Franz von Kobell succeeded him in 1856. He was famous not only as mineralogist but also as the author of the story "Kaspar Brandner and eternal life". In 1883 Paul Ritter von Groth (Knight Paul of Groth) became director of the collection.
Today the Mineralogical State Collection holds more than 100,000 minerals.  The most valuable and beautiful are periodically displayed in the Crystal World Museum, the publicly accessible section of the collection.

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