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.Using our online itinerary creator, Paris attractions like Musee de Mineralogie can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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.
Musee de Mineralogie Reviews
Connaissant déjà la galerie de minéralogie du jardin des plantes, j'ai découvert le Musée de Minéralogie et franchement j'ai été scotchée, les pièces sont superbes. On peut voir de tout, dans plusieur... more »Already knowing the mineralogy gallery of the plant garden, I discovered the Museum of Mineralogy and frankly I was taped, the pieces are superb. You can see everything, in several sizes and sometimes several colors. Everything is very well explained, the places of discovery, the layers of rocks and minerals,... Although sometimes the aisles are a little narrow to really wander quietly, it is a beautiful museum. I recommend however when it is not great beautiful because of the reflections on the windows. A must-see!
Ce musée est une mine (oups) d'or pour tout ce qui est des pierres et des minéraux. Leur collection est immense, extrêmement variée et vaut vraiment le détour. Les guides sont des experts et répondent... more »This museum is a gold mine (OUPs) for all that is stones and minerals. Their collection is huge, extremely varied and is definitely worth a visit. The guides are experts and answer all your questions, while making you discover wonders that you would not have seen without them (the showcase with phosphorescent minerals... requested there if you go there!). Plus it's not very expensive and there is a student rate. In short, I will go back with my friend very quickly!
This place is known for its huge collection of minerals. The staff is friendly and well knowledged about the artifacts kept.
Nice collection. Worth a visit
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