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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  • As mentioned in other reviews the main labelling is in German so I did a minimum of preparation. In fact we were provided with a document summarising the exhibits and we found it fascinating. The visu...  more »
  • sights Museum about the meteorite 14.5 million years ago. Excellently signposted display boards and display cases with various small exhibits. Due to its abundance, it is recommended to take part in a guided tour topics.
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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 »
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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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