Holidays at terra mineralia!

During the holidays, fun, enjoyment, and surprises are guaranteed at terra mineralia. Experiments, hands-on activities and exciting stories wait for you!

Summer holidays, 30 June – 2 September 2018, Thurs–Sun, 10am–5pm

The elements

Naughty elements hide in the terra mineralia

During the summer holidays exciting discoveries are waiting around the elements in the terra mineralia in the Freiberg's Freudenstein Castle. Because the elements are the building blocks of our minerals. From the 30th of June to the 2nd of September interested girls and boys can go on a discovery tour.

Seven cheeky elements tell the children in the exhibition: how they look, what colour or special quality they have. Carbon Konrad, Silicon Silke or Flora Fluor - each of the elements looks different and has special properties. Of course, together they form many different minerals and are often needed by us humans as a raw material. What would our computers look like today if we did not have silicon chips?

In the hands-on lab "Forschungsreise" the students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg prepared exciting experiments on the seven elements. Here, kids playfully learn how salt crystals grow, what happens when Captain Calcium leaves the egg shell, or how many Carbon Conrads it takes to turn graphite into a diamond. The girls and boys learn from the model how the elements are constructed, what they can be differentiated and arranged. There is an extra developed, child-friendly periodic table of elements.

The holiday program "The Elements" takes place in the period from 30 June to 2 September 2018 always from Thursday to Sunday, 10 - 17 clock. Children and daycare groups are requested to register. Further information can be obtained from the information desk of terra mineralia on 03731 394654 or by e-mail at

Important information at a glance:
Period:                             30th June - 2nd September 2018, Thursday - Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Duration:                          approx. 90 minutes
Last start:                        15:30
Participation:                    For families with children at any time and without registration, day care groups with advance notification
Age:                                  from 7 years (younger children need the help of their parents)

Autumn holidays, 3 – 31 October 2018, 10am–5pm

Ibexes, cactuses and geckos – which do you find where?

Kangaroos in Australia, cactuses in the desert, freshwater dolphins in China and ibexes in the Alps – they all live next to famous mineral sites. Head off on a unique journey round the world at terra mineralia. Our exciting treasure hunt will introduce you to the most amazing minerals from the most beautiful places on earth, and you’ll learn which animals and plants come from there, too.

Christmas season, 21 November – 22 December 2018, Weds at 5pm and Sat at 6pm

Family tour: Night-time in the museum

Get ready for a really special trip to the museum. Explore terra mineralia in the dark armed with a head-torch and UV flashlight! Fluorescent minerals in the display cabinets will glow in all sorts of colours for you and your family. And you can even do experiments to produce the phenomenon of luminescence in pudding, eggs and washing powder.