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!

11 – 26 February 2017, 10am–5pm

Welcome to the Ice Age!

During the winter holidays, terra mineralia will be greeting young guests with the words, ‘Welcome to the Ice Age!’ Young boys and girls will be learning which people and animals lived in Europe during the last ice age and how glaciers, ice and snow shaped the landscape.

The children will travel 10,000 years back in time to the end of the glacial period, which also coincided with the end of the Old Stone Age. Europe was still partially covered with large glaciers and was far cooler than today. Was that the end of the Ice Age? No. Because ‘ice age’ means that glacial and interglacial periods alternate. Even now, we’re still in an ice age that has now lasted 2.7 million years. On a tour through the exhibition, children will be able to learn through play what exactly an ice age is and what its relationship was to the Old Stone Age. They’ll learn that before modern humans, Neanderthals and Homo erectus lived in Europe. Our ancestors used stones and minerals as tools, hunting weapons, or for producing paint. They were even able to kindle fires with them! Typical Ice Age animals included mammoths and woolly rhinoceroses, but horses and reindeer were hunted, too. And which of these animals are still alive today?

In the Voyage of Discovery, our science centre, lots of exciting experiments about glaciers are awaiting the children. How is a glacier formed? What is its structure? How does it move? Just how heavy is one of these glaciers? What changes brought about by glaciers can still be seen today? And, finally, we’ll be answering the question, how can we tell today that the great glaciers of the Ice Age really existed? Students at TU Bergakademie Freiberg will show children the world of 10,000 years ago and will conduct experiments together with them. When the boys and girls have answered all the questions, they can pay a visit to our craft cave. The wall of this Stone Age cave needs to be decorated with cave paintings. Even in those days, the paint pigments used came from minerals. Anyone who wants to can make themselves a little leather purse as a memento. Just like our ancestors probably did.

The terra mineralia winter programme, ‘Welcome to the Ice Age!’, is open daily from 11–26 February 2017, between 10am and 5pm. Please allow around 1½ hours for your visit. Visits can be started at any time. Kids and day-care groups are requested to register in advance. Last entry is at 3.30pm at the latest. For more information, please contact the terra mineralia Info Desk on 03731 394654 or

Key information at a glance:

Open:                       11–26 February 2017

Visit duration:         approx. 1½ hours, anytime between 10am and 5pm

Last entry:               3.30pm

Registration:          not required for families with children

Kids clubs and day-care groups must register in advance.

12 April – 27 August 2017

CSI Freiberg: Murder at terra mineralia.

Terra mineralia is the scene of a murder. Amongst the beautiful minerals, the body of renowned scientist Kathrin Bauer has been discovered. She was an expert in rare earth elements. But why did she have to die? Who’s behind the murder? Visitors will set out on a hunt for the murderer, getting to know the rare earths in the process. [more...]

Gecko Gustav is looking for his stone

Children from 7 years upwards can discover the special exhibition with Gecko Gustav. The little lizard lives with renowned scientist Kathrin Bauer. In his terrarium, Gustav has a cosy hiding stone – it’s his favourite place! One day, the professor took this hiding stone to a very important meeting at terra mineralia. She was murdered there and the hiding stone disappeared. Help Gecko Gustav and the police with their enquiries to reveal the secrets of the hiding stone and even solve the murder mystery.


Detective training
Come into the Voyage of Discovery and get trained as a detective! You’ll learn how to take and interpret fingerprints, how to look for clues, and how to decipher secret codes. Analysing hair samples, threads, and stain and splash marks completes the training. Using this knowledge, you can really help Gecko Gustav as he searches for his hiding stone!

14 – 23 April 2017, 10am–5pm

25 – 28 May 2017, 3–5 June 2017, 10am–5pm

24 June – 6 August 2017, Thu–Sun, 10am–5pm

June and July 2017, Weds/Sat fortnightly, 3–5pm

From drones to flotation cells – on the hunt for Saxon raw materials

A workshop for everyone aged 12 and over:
You’ll learn how to track down precious metals with drones, and how to read and process the data. Through doing experiments, you’ll get acquainted with modern methods for processing these raw materials. You’ll be right close to professional science since the workshop is happening in cooperation with the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology at the HZDR and partners from the r4 research association.
The latter is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

30 September – 15 October 2017, 10am–5pm

Minerals and mankind

Hard to believe, but it’s true: there are minerals inside of us! Set out on an exciting quest and find out what the minerals in our body do. You’ll also get to know minerals that enable robots to walk and mobiles to make calls. There are loads of experiments waiting for you in the Voyage of Discovery. You’ll be able to test what our bones, blood and skin would look like without minerals.

22 November – 23 December 2017, Weds 5pm and Sat 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 head torches and UV flashlights! Fluorescent minerals in the display cabinets will glow in every colour imaginable for you and your family.