Past Holidays 2018

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

“What does that look like?”

Our holiday programme, “What does that look like?”, which runs from 10 – 13 May and 19 – 27 May 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?” holiday programme runs from 10 – 13 May and 19 – 27 May 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:         10 – 13 May and 19 – 27 May 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)