Musee de Mineralogie, Paris

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The Musée de Minéralogie is a museum of mineralogy operated by the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris (Mines ParisTech). It is located in the 6th arrondissement at 60, boulevard Saint Michel, Paris, France, and open daily except Sunday and Monday; an admission fee is charged.The school was established in 1783, and the museum itself in 1794 under René Just Haüy as a Cabinet of Mineralogy "containing all production in the world and all productions of the Republic, arranged by locality." It was quickly augmented by private collections, sometimes seized by the state. Many fine additions were made in short order, and by 1814 the museum contained about 100,000 samples at the Hotel de Mouchy. During the 19th century and early 20th century it continued to acquire excellent collections from around the world, interrupted for several decades by World War II, but then resuming.Today the museum is stated to be one of the ten largest mineral collections in the world, containing some 100,000 samples including 80,000 minerals, 15,000 rocks, 4,000 ores, 400 meteorites, 700 gems, and 300 artificial minerals.
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  • The museum manager said this was the 4th largest mineralogy museum in the world, and I can believe it. It's packed with exhibits and specimens. For people interested in this sort of thing, it's top no...  more »
  • First of all the basics: minerals, crystals and the amazing rocks. You will find few samples and a huge amount of minerals; It is very far from so-called "general public" museums that present a dozen objects by theme to not tire visitors! At first sight looks is in a Museum in the year 1970 with its dozens of rows of display cases-tables, but everything has been arranged in a very pedagogical way. The first two rooms are stunning pieces in some ancient vertical windows but very well informed and highlighted. Educational signs have also been done and I could plunge into the universe of the mines and minerals of Sainte-Marie to mine that I had explored it long time ago... The only problem: the Museum opens from 13:30 to 18: 00 which is insufficient for all to see.
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  • Close to the square of the Sorbonne, the entrance is discreet, somewhat nice, but once inside, what a slap... The grandiose setting of the school of mines, a friendly guide and... a unique collection, both in quality and quantity. We're having a great time. As a bonus, the French Crown jewels and the replica of the biggest diamond in the world! Do again if we're fond of minerals.
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