Visit to Terra Mineralia


Visit to museum Terra mineralia in Freiberg ( 7th April, 15.00-16.30 )

The Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg in Saxony (commonly known simply as "The Mining Acadamy") was established in 1765 and lays claim to being the world's oldest university of mining and metallurgy. In 2004, Ms Ströher generously offered up over 3,500 of her finest "specimens", as they are known to collectors, for permanent loan to the Technische Universität Bergakademie – Freiberg. The conditions being the collection would be scientifically cared for and would be made available for the enjoyment of the general public.

This collection now makes up the lion's share of the museum's displays. In fact, the museum was literally designed around this large donation.

The museum curators have certainly honoured the wishes of the donor in the housing and presentation of this world class accumulation. Housed in historical Freiberg Castle, the museum wing was splendidly restored and remodelled specifically for this collection.

Mother Nature provides, totally unassisted by mankind Sculptures revealing the capabilities of even mankind's greatest artists come together under one roof in this world-class museum opened in October of 2008.

Four halls brilliantly displaying specimens from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe are each laid out in their own respective design styles. This serves to present a continuously fresh perspective as visitors move "around the world" from hall to hall, arranged over three stories. A separate area is dedicated to pieces from Australia.

Some of the largest and most magnificent pieces of global origins are on display in one beautifully designed chamber. The display cases were literally built around each specimen in this renaissance vault.

The museum was completed and opened to the public in October 2008.

According to Terra Mineralia's own website, over 267,000 visitors have graced its doors to date.