The Realm of Minerals

Minerals have always fascinated us. These glittering and colourful "rocks" and their captivatingly lovely shapes can often inspire people with a passion to start a collection.

In our permanent collection entitled "The realm of minerals", we present specimens which are remarkable, unusual or even simply beautiful. We also demonstrate the many uses for minerals without which our lives would be different.

The topics

  • Minerals – the aesthetics of nature
  • Gem stones – precious stones
  • Rich in beautiful stones – the Black Forest and the Vosges mountains
  • Rock-forming minerals
  • Rhine gold
  • Mining in the Black Forest
  • Fluorescence – when minerals glow
  • Silica – a jack of all trades
  • Minerals in organisms
  • Minerals from a test tube – artificial minerals