Guided tours and programmes for school classes

Every school class must be supervised by two accompanying persons. They are free of charge. The supervisory duty of accompanying guests is mandatory during the whole visit and cannot be transferred to employees of the terra mineralia.

We always recommend a school programme or a guided tour for school classes. Please note that school programmes have a duration of two hours. We do not recommend a free visit without scientific support and managing from our side.

School children discover their enthusiasm for natural sciences at terra mineralia. The 'Expedition' – the hands-on laboratory – was designed especially for this, and was directly integrated into the exhibition. Here, students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg explain the mineralogical and geological sciences. For pupils, the 'Expedition' presents the opportunity to learn about a subject field come across in various subjects at school in an exciting new way and through interesting experiments. The programmes offered are age-appropriate and follow the Saxon curriculum. In addition to holding a density scale, various microscopes, and even a scanning electron microscope, many minerals and rocks can also be touched and examined in the 'Expedition'.

Preschool and basic primary school

Children from a kindergarten playing a mineralogical memory with Christina Seifert (Museum's Education Service); Photo: Detlev Müller.

Rocks have whispered something to me…

A magical guide for children where the variety of minerals is explained by the fairy tale characters of terra mineralia. Subsequently, children examine minerals under the microscope.  

Curriculum suitable for preschool and basic primary school length 1 hour participants max. 20 form of organization reading and conversation (including a guide) charges € 20 plus admission fee for up to 20 children, for groups or classes of more than 21 children € 40 plus admission fee (no entrance fee for children under 6 years).

An expedition for little scientists

This guided tour for children is subdivided into two parts. After the visit of two or three continent halls, little scientists learn at the "Forschungsreise" (research expedition) how minerals can be identified. In addition, they can look at them under the microscope. Finally, they explore the treasure chamber – the highlight of this tour.

curriculum SU – social studies, basic primary school 1st + 2nd grade LBW – stones. 3rd grade LBW 3 – stones and stony culture in the local area. length 1,5 hours participants max. 20 form of organization guide charges € 30 plus admission fee for school classes up to 20 children, for school classes of more than 20 children 55 € plus admission fee. 

A day full of minerals (offer for large school groups)

At six stations spread across the whole exhibition, children will learn by means of their daily routine which minerals they encounter day in, day out. First thing in the morning, as the alarm goes, one mineral is already at play – quartz. It takes care of the regular ticking. And even at school, on the phone, or in the evening when you clean your teeth, minerals are everywhere, making our daily lives easier. Children will discover the most important minerals in daily life, practically and through play. The programme is designed for large groups of 70 pupils and above.

Curriculum General studies, primary cl. 1+2, compulsory subject 7 – Rocks. Cl. 3, compulsory subject 3 – Rocks and regional rock culture. Duration 3 hrs. Form Workstations with interactive experiments Price Groups of up to 80 pupils – €180, up to 100 pupils – €220, more than 120 pupils – €260 plus entry.

terra mineralia holiday programme (offers for day-care and holiday groups)

During the Saxon school holidays (winter, Easter, summer and autumn), terra mineralia offers a varied programme of exciting topics for kids’ groups in the Voyage of Discovery.

Age 6–12 years Duration 2 hrs. Form Interactive tour and experiments at workstations Materials provided Worksheets Price €20 for up to 20 children plus entry.

Children during a guided tour called "An expedition for little scientists", here: inside the atomic model of the fluorite in the Asian Hall, Photo: Susanne Paskoff.

Secondary School

A stone?

What does ‘rock’ mean? What do they consist of? How can they be distinguished? Granite, basalt, sandstone and gneiss serve as examples of stone’s characteristics. In addition, their composition is explained. Natural occurrence of the four Saxon stones is located on a topographic map. Finally, the use is demonstrated in order to get a homeland affiliation. So, which kind of stone was used for the reconstruction of Dresden Frauenkirche? How are paving stones made?

curriculum GEO – geography, secondary school 5th grade LB 6 – country of the uplands. length 1.5 hours participants max. 20 form of organization group work and conversation material working sheets. Please bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

Plato inside a crystal

If minerals crystallize, special structures and shapes emerge. There are more than 200 crystal forms and, among them, five stand out by regularity: the platonic solids. Pupils deal with those regular polyhedra and, by using ‘Euler characteristic’, find out their specific attributes. As practical application, the surface of a pentagondodecahedron is calculated. This platonic solid is tinkered by pupils as well. Finally, the crystal forms are observed in real life.

curriculum MA – mathematics, secondary school 8th grade LBW 3 – polyedra. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation. material working sheets. A pen, ruler, calculator and a ‘Tafelwerk’ are necessary. charges € 65, plus admission fee

Carbon: from graphite to diamond

Carbon is the most important element in life. Its most famous modifications are graphite and diamond. Pupils work on knowledge regarding development, structure, atomic structure and their use. Further, not only historic relations, e.g. the emergence of the measuring unit carat, are explained but also modern aspects, e.g. synthetic production of diamonds.

curriculum CH – chemistry, secondary school 9th grade LBW 3 – the element carbon. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee

The rocks cycle

The origin of igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sediments are in the focus of interest. According to their development, rocks show a characteristic structure and, therefore, they can be distinguished. By those basics, pupils can identify as well as classify different samples. So, pupils get a basic insight into petrography.

curriculum GEO – geography, secondary school 10th grade LB 1 – the local landscape in a system of geographic zones. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

From quartz to glass

Quartz is one of the most common minerals of the earth’s crust. It is a base material regarding glass-making. Pupils learn which changes occur during processing into glass. In addition, they learn which types of glass exist and how they are used in everyday life.

curriculum CH – chemistry, secondary school 9th grade LBW 1 – glass and ceramic material. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

Grammar School

A stone?

What does ‘rock’ mean? What do they consist of? How can they be distinguished? Granite, basalt, sandstone and gneiss serve as examples of stone’s characteristics. In addition, their composition is explained. Natural occurrence of the four Saxon stones is located on a topographic map. Finally, the use is demonstrated in order to get a homeland affiliation. So, which kind of stone was used for the reconstruction of Dresden Frauenkirche? How are paving stones made?

curriculum GEO – geography, grammar school 5th grade LB 6 – country of the uplands, LBW 3 – excursion at home-natural environment. length 1.5 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

Plato inside a crystal

If minerals crystallize, special structures and shapes emerge. There are more than 200 crystal forms and, among them, five stand out by regularity: the platonic solids. Pupils deal with those regular polyhedra and, by using ‘Euler characteristic’, find out their specific attributes. As practical application, the surface of a pentagondodecahedron is calculated. This platonic solid is tinkered by pupils as well. Finally, the crystal forms are observed in real life.

curriculum MA – mathematics, grammar school 7th grade LBW 3 – platonic solids. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation. material working sheets. Please, bring a pen, ruler, calculator and a ‘Tafelwerk’ with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

Carbon: from graphite to diamond

Carbon is the most important element in life. Its most famous modifications are graphite and diamond. Pupils work on knowledge regarding development, structure, atomic structure and their use. Further, not only historic relations, e.g. the emergence of the measuring unit carat, are explained but also modern aspects, e.g. synthetic production of diamonds.

curriculum CH – chemistry, grammar school 8th grade LB 2 – chemical compound; 9th grade LB 2 – from carbon to chalkstone. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

The rocks cycle

The origin of igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sediments are in the focus of interest. According to their development, rocks show a characteristic structure and, therefore, they can be distinguished. By those basics, pupils can identify as well as classify different samples. So, pupils get a basic insight into petrography.

curriculum GEO – geography, grammar school 11th grade LB 1 – geodynamic processes, 11th grade LB 2 – geodynamic theories. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

From quartz to glass

Quartz is one of the most common minerals of the earth’s crust. It is a base material regarding glass-making. Pupils learn which changes occur during processing into glass. In addition, they learn which types of glass exist and how they are used in everyday life.

curriculum CH – chemistry, grammar school 11th grade LBW 1 – glass: from sand to window pane. length 2 hours participants max. 25 form of organization group work and conversation material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you! charges € 65, plus admission fee.

Every school class must be supervised by accompanying persons. They are free of charge. The supervisory duty of accompanying guests is mandatory during the whole visit and cannot be transferred to employees of the terra mineralia.

We always recommend a school programme or a guided tour for school classes. We do not recommend a free visit without a scientific managing from our side.