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!

Winter holidays, 3 – 25 February 2018, 10am–5pm

Knights, dragons and unicorns

During the winter holidays, visitors to terra mineralia young and old will be setting out on a fantastical journey to the land of volcanoes with knights, unicorns and dragons. They’ll need to go on an exciting search through the mineral exhibition to help the knight and the unicorn find a new crystal horn. Visitors will be able to choose which shield or weapon the knight should have, and which of the three magical crystal horns the unicorn will wear. At the end of the search, the dragon awaits. Only he has the blue fire that can fasten the crystal horn to the unicorn’s brow.

There will also be experiments waiting for the young researchers in the Voyage of Discovery, terra mineralia’s hands-on laboratory. Here, they’ll learn how crystals grow in nature, why ores are important for the knight’s armour, how and where volcanoes form and more. They’ll even be able to simulate a volcanic eruption with the volcano pump. Afterwards, kids will have the chance to make their own knight, unicorn or dragon from a template and take it home as a memento.

Our “Knights, unicorns and dragons” winter holiday programme runs from 3 to 25 February 2018 every day from 10am–5pm. There’s no need to pre-book and you can start at any time. Kids clubs and day-care groups are requested to book in advance. Please allow about 90 minutes to complete the programme. For more information, please contact the Info Desk (Mon–Thurs, 10am–3.30pm) on 03731 394654 or by email to

Key information at a glance:

Programme runs: 3 to 25 February 2018, 10am to 5pm

Programme length: approx. 90 minutes

Last entry: 3.30pm

Registration: families with children can join in at any time without pre-registering, kids clubs and day-care groups must register in advance

Easter holidays, 24 March – 8 April 2018, 10am–5pm and
Ascension/Pentecost, 10 – 13 May and 19 – 27 May 2018, 10am–5pm

That looks SO crazy!

Minerals look beautiful, but they can also come in funny, crazy shapes: melons, fried eggs, cauliflowers … there’s even one like an Easter bunny. Find these funny minerals! In the Research Expedition, our hands-on lab, you’ll discover which natural forces erode rocks and minerals.

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

The elements

Every mineral is made of one, two, three or more elements. They are like the building blocks for minerals. But where do these elements come from and how many different kinds of them are there? Elements help us distinguish between different minerals and analyse them.

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.