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!

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

“What does that look like?”

Our Easter holiday programme, “What does that look like?”, which runs from 24 March to 8 April 2018, is all about minerals with unusual shapes. Lots of minerals at terra mineralia have extraordinary, funny and even crazy shapes: there are melons, fried eggs, cauliflowers and even an Easter bunny.

Families with children and curious adults, too, are invited to search for these shapes at the exhibition. As you do so, there’ll be ambiguous pictures and other optical illusions to help you learn how your imagination can run wild, so you can find the strangely shaped minerals in the exhibition. After that, you’ll have the opportunity to make your own mark in the Europasaal: Visitors are invited to write down the shape they see in the minerals on a sticky note and stick it to the display cabinet.

In the Research Expedition, terra mineralia’s hands-on laboratory, boys and girls can learn which forces of nature affect rocks and minerals and change their shapes. Water and wind reshape rocks and minerals with their relentless power. They even transport them over great distances. Heat, cold and plant roots have the power to spring rocks open and break them to pieces. Glaciers leave scars on rocks. Students from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg have come up with these experiments, and others, that children can get involved in themselves.

On top of that, there’s also a drawing competition for our younger visitors. We’re on the hunt for the nicest Easter bunny. At the moment, there are only two large bunny’s ears, made of calcite, on the colouring page. They need a creative head to be added. The child who creates the best drawing will win a family ticket.

Our “What does that look like?” Easter holiday programme runs from 24 March to 8 April 2018, every day from 10am–5pm. There’s no need to register, and you can start the programme at any time. Day-care groups and kids’ clubs are requested to register in advance. Please allow 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 at


Key details at a glance:

Programme runs:       24 March–8 April 2018, 10am to 5pm

Duration:                    Approx. 90 mins.

Last entry:                  3.30pm

Join in:                        Families with children at any time, no registration required,
                                   Kids’ clubs  and day care groups requested to register in advance

Age:                           7 years and over (younger children will need their parents’ help)

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.