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Rieskrater-Museum, Nordlingen

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The Rieskrater Museum, sometimes known in English as the Ries Crater Museum, focuses on meteors and their collisions with Earth. The museum is housed in a 16th-century barn in Nordlingen, Germany which was part of the medieval city's center. The area (Nördlinger Ries) is the location of a meteor's impact with Earth c. 15 million years ago and it might have been a double impact (Steinheim crater is nearby). It has been recognized as such since the early 1960s.The museum's collection includes a genuine moon rock from Apollo 16 on loan from NASA in return for using the Nordlingen crater for training for the Apollo 14 astronauts due to its similarities to a moon crater.The museum is affiliated with the nearby Geopark Ries (UNESCO - International Network of Geoparks), whose mission is to protect the crater.The museum opened in May 1990 and received its millionth visitor on 15 December 2012.
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  • In this museum you see a lot of meteorites and fossils, from the surrounding area. It also has frequent changing special exhibitions. It takes about an hour or so to visit and reading the signs (which...  more »
  • Very well illustrated, the films shown were exciting, the children could romp and were not called to order.
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  • Nördlingen is located in a huge meteorite crater, caused by the impact of a 1 km large meteorite 15 million years ago. The museum gives a fascinating overview of the associated events, their effect on...  more »
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  • Super great place to learn about craters and the cosmos. Really well done exhibits.
  • Fantastic built exhibition with lots of information on the historical background of the RiesKrater. A visit is always worthwhile.
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  • Nice interesting Museum. Be sure the guide book! Biggest piece of Moon rock outside of the United States!
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  • I Rahman on the nördlinger knew until recently and whose emergence was nothing at all, very interesting. Who is interested in is right here for meteorites.
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  • Overall an interesting and informative exhibition, which however has also air in shaping up. If you would like to inform yourself in detail about the Nördlinger Ries and other meteorite impacts, the Rieskratermuseum is the right address.
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