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!

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

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

In the autumn holiday program of the terra mineralia, the girls and boys find out which animals and plants are found at famous mineral finding places in the world. The program ties in with the special exhibition "Diversity counts! An expedition through biodiversity ".

Opals from Australia, gypsum from Mexico or mountain crystals from the Alps - at the famous mineral sites there are not only beautiful minerals to discover, no, there are also many animals and plants. Some of them are even so specialized that they only occur in this one locality. On their tour through the exhibition, the children look for the animals and plants of famous mine discovery sites at six different stations. Some of the animals have hidden in the exhibition, of others one can only hear the sounds. It also has to be puzzled as to what creature it is. Once the children have found the solution, they can fill out their work sheet whether the animals and plants are found, for example, in the African savanna, the South American rainforest or the Alps.

In the hands-on lab "Research Expedition" the students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg prepared suitable experiments. They show that geological processes, such as mountain formation or weathering, have a major impact on living environments. Of course, the girls and boys can try out the experiments themselves. Mountains can be formed with colorful, homemade dough, in a large tub you can try out the power in rivers and how they change the landscape. In addition, many sand samples with desert sands from all over the world are waiting for the little visitors. Only under the microscope do they unfold their full fascination.
As highlight waits from 6.-21. October - during the Saxon autumn holidays - the "Magic Sandbox" from the Institute of Mine Surveying to the visitors. Here a virtual world is projected onto the deformable relief of sand, so that one can simulate many geological processes, such as the formation of mountains or the course of rivers.

The autumn holiday program "Capricorn, Cactus, Gecko - Who's Where?" takes place from the 3rd until 31st October from 10 to 17 o'clock. Children and daycare groups are requested to register. Further information can be obtained from the information desk of terra mineralia at 03731 394654 or by email at

Important information at a glance:

Period: 3.-31. October 2018, 10am to 5pm
Duration: approx. 90 minutes
Last start: 3.30pm
Participation: for families with children at any time and without registration, children and daycare groups with reservation
Age: from 7 years (younger children need the help of their parents)
Admission: adults € 10, children € 5, family ticket € 22