University of Hamburg Mineralogical Museum of the University of Hamburg

Main research directions
The focus of our scientific work is set on

  • New minerals
  • Meteorites
  • Gemstones

Publications derived from this work can be found here (publications).

New minerals
The link (above) will provide you with information on our new mineral discoveries including pictures and detailed scientific information.

The Mineralogical Museum Hamburg is active in meteorite searches. Initially the museums was involved in the very first meteorite search expeditions carried out in the Mongolian Gobi Desert (EUROMET, 1993) and the Sahara of the Republic of Niger (GEO Magazine, 1997). From 2000 trough to 2004 the museum organized several search expeditions into the Libyan Sahara in cooperation with Libyan institutions. In the Antarctic summer of 2007/2008, the first German meteorite expedition in the Queen Maud Region of East-Antarctica took place. This search has been initiated by the Mineralogical Museum Hamburg and was realized in cooperation with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).
In 2009 a meteorite search in the Rub' al Khali of the United Arab Emirates was carried out in cooperation with the Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi.

The results of our professional scientific and popular scientific activities are presented as follows (publications).


The collection of meteorites has been catalogued digitally and is available online.

The Type Specimen Catalogue Germany is a cooperation of the Working Group Mineralogical Museums and Collections of the German Mineralogical Society (DMG). It was initiated and developed and is also supervised in the Mineralogical Musum Hamburg (R. Kurtz and J. Schlüter)

The Type Specimen Catalogue is an online catalogue which is compiling all type minerals deposited in Germany. It also offers online access to all relevant type mineral data.

The illustrated catalogue lists all proven type specimens, their associated museums and the scientists in charge of specimens and museums. The type minerals are described in detail. The catalogue also offers a free-download geo reference file, which links type localities and sites of the collections with GoogleEarth.


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