University of Hamburg Mineralogical Museum of the University of Hamburg

Mineralogy comprises different fields, each represented by various objects (collectibles) in the exhibition.

The visitor of the museum can expect extraordinary and exquisite minerals. Additionally the museum shows various meteorites from different origins and houses the heaviest and biggest meteorite displayed in Germany. This meteorite has been found in Namibia, weighs 424 kg and has been donated by the Senator-Jenisch-Foundation in 1908.

In addition, certain mineral cabinets exhibit specific topics including agates, petrified wood and the luminescence of minerals. Another section in the museum is mainly dedicated to rocks. An earth model for example is used to explain the origin of different rock types. Besides explanatory notes and descriptions about rocks in general specific topics such as rocks transported from Scandinavia to northern Germany by glaciers during the last ice ages (glacial till), minerals of famous pegmatite occurrences from Norway and minerals from the Ramsbeck ore deposit in Germany (Sauerland) are shown. The showcase of our sponsor, the AURUBIS Hamburg (Europes largest copper producer), explains the pathway of copper from its ores to the final product, taking modern recycling processes into account.

Another area within the gallery is dedicated to gemstones. Specific attention is payed to the presentation of imitations, synthetic gemstones as well as preparation and quality enhancement of gemstones.

Minerals from famous mineral occurrences such as the Tsumeb mine and the Erongo Mountains (both located in Namibia), the Kalahari manganese fields in South Africa and the quarries of the Canadian Mont St. Hilaire can be seen in another part of the exhibition.

Imprint (german) | Last update 27. June 2018 by R. Kurtz