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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  • Two steps from the Luxembourg Garden, you walk into the school of Mines, for will discover a magnificent collection of minerals. You ring the Bell, and a person greets you with a presentation of the place before we let you browse windows and aisles... And if leaving you get lost in the corridors of the school of Mines, you might find the student cafeteria open... A very good time in this context out of time.
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  • On the boulevard St. Michel behind the Luxembourg Garden, the school of Mines contains a beautiful Museum of Mineralogy. One of the most important in the world with its 4000 samples presented. When nature does wonders of all sizes, forms but also with a beautiful color scheme. Rocks, minerals, gems and meteorites (Martian) will amaze you. The tours are very interesting. Thank you, Ms. NATURE and to all those who have created and maintained this collection.
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  • 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 charming Museum depends on the prestigious school of Mines in Paris, in the Hotel de Vendôme (18th-19th centuries), whose windows overlook the garden of Luxembourg. An incredibly rich and varied mineralogy presented in the middle of the 19th century Parisian collection! A place unusual, loaded with history, adapted to the experts as to the neophytes. A micro-boutique at the entrance to the museum space to buy some souvenirs. As the Museum School is friendly. A very good idea to visit outside the circuit of the great Parisian museums.
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  • Exceptional particular place little known to the general public. Lots of minerals with thrilling stories narrated by the exciting curator.
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  • Spectacular collections from around the world.
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  • A journey beyond the limit of the material and the time awaits you in this beautiful Parisian place with connoisseurs in the field and experienced enthusiasts. You should visit this place to understand how the creation of the world is fascinating, and testimony that gives us the creation is a sublime musicality. Solomon
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