Musée de minéralogie MINES ParisTech, 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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  • Took place in this museum, this exposition was disappointing. Within only one hour, National Geography only propose very few of their works among thousands of fascinating photos they have. It was awkw...  more »
  • It is hard to elaborate on the thorough review of Elo G of January 2015 (see that earlier review just a few below). The upsides: this is indeed a rare speciality museum, you won't be bothered by the c...  more »
  • The collection is one of the top five in the world: stones, gems, fossils, meterorites of all shapes and sizes housed in an elegants building right next to the Jardin de Luxembourg, part of the Univer...  more »
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  • This little museum was easy to find and get into - so although it's very specialized, it's quite accessible to normal tourists. I don't know much about rocks, but there was much to enjoy here, you can tell that the exhibits are world class.
  • Wonderful little museum. One of the richest in the world. Friendly staff ready to comment on minerals and gems if you ask them.
  • They're basically 3/4 salt one after another within a student's Palace so once you enter the building you have to get to the Museum and ring the Bell to be eligible, the tickets cost a pittance and each stone is classified by type and origin. Is a fascinating museum that I recommend to everyone!
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  • With the top piece of the Barringer meteor Crater in Arizona, this small museum is well worth a visit. It is set in a Parisian University and you should even ring the Bell before you let in, but the collection of minerals is enormous. Posters and submit you like something from the staff about the collection.
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  • Very provided Expo has the merit of being against the Lux gardens to enjoy the surroundings. Some specimens are dreamy...
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