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, 6 July - 8 September, Thurs-Sun, 10 am - 5 pm

Minecraft - Little Builders

What do Obsidian, Lapislazuli and Redstone have in common? They all appear in the popular computer game "Minecraft", which is already played by girls and boys of primary school age. The aim of the game is to collect raw materials and process them into objects so that players can build their own 3D world from countless cube-shaped blocks. They also encounter monsters to protect themselves from or other inhabitants to trade with. During the summer holidays at terra mineralia from July 6th to September 8th, young and old can get a closer look at the game.

The children's task is to find various ores and rocks in the exhibition. In each exhibition hall there are large, cubic "ore blocks" hidden. Among other things, they learn which minerals the ores in the real world are made of, how they look like, or whether they even exist. With this knowledge, a special worksheet is then created on which the children add colorful stickers or drawings to missing blocks and develop their own little Minecraft world as little master builders.

In the hands-on laboratory "Forschungsreise" the students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg show how the mining of ores in a real mine works. For this purpose, they have set up a walk-in ore tunnel into which the girls and boys can "drive". There, the little master builders learn what is necessary after the ore has been extracted until a tool, such as an iron pickaxe, is produced at the end.

The summer holiday programme of terra mineralia "Minecraft - Kleine Baumeister" takes place from 6 July to 8 September every Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. You should plan about 90 minutes for the visit. The beginning is possible at any time. The last run starts at 15:30 at the latest. Groups of children and after-school groups are requested to register for the holiday programme. Further information is available from the terra mineralia information desk on 03731 394654 or by e-mail at

Important information at a glance:

Period:  6 July - 8 September 2019
 Thursday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
Duration:  approx. 90 minutes
Last start:  3:30 pm
Participation:  for families with children at any time and without registration
 Children's and after-school groups with advance reservation
Age:  from 8 years
 (younger children need the help of their parents in reading and writing)
Entrance fees:  adults 10 Euro, children 5 Euro, family ticket 22 Euro

Autumn holidays, 3 - 27 October, 10 am - 17 pm

In the footsteps of great explorers

The explorer Alexander von Humboldt traveled through Siberia on a secret mission for the Tsar. Follow his footsteps and experience other great adventures from a legendary time. Head into terra mineralia and embark on a journey of discovery.

20 November - 21 December, Sat 6 pm

Family tour: at night through the museum

Get ready for a very special trip! Equipped with head lamp and UV flashlight you can explore the terra mineralia in the dark! Fluorescent minerals shine in the showcases in all colors for you and your family. In experiments, you create the phenomenon of luminescence even with pudding, eggs or the washing powder.