The most beautiful minerals of the World

Fluorit, Dalnegorsk, Primorski Kraj, Ferner Osten, Russland, 10,5 x 8,5 cm, Foto: Jörg Wittig, Dresden.

We invite you to see over 3.500 minerals, gemstones and meteorites from five continents presented in the historical setting of the Freudenstein Castle. At terra mineralia, a permanent exhibition of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the treasures of famous deposits in Asia, America, Africa, Australia and Europe are displayed on three floors.  

Follow the trail of the rocks and discover some of the world's most colorful gems in a new light. Visit the stunning treasure chamber where some of the world's most beautiful and largest minerals are shown.  

You will find the journey fascinating, as it will lead you to always new and exciting places. Take a detour through earth history or take part in Gulliver's travels. No matter how old you are or whether you are a scientist, a mineral collector or a tourist - the terra mineralia will amaze everyone.  

The exhibition will show you how minerals have shaped and changed everyday life and also have influenced technology and culture. If you wish to be a real mineralogist for one day, just visit the research platform where our staff will answer your questions and give you the opportunity to get a real insight into minerals at special microscopes.  

Apart from the minerals on show, many more are stored in a seven storey unit. This depot gives researchers and students access to mineral samples from all over the world and contains many samples from deposits that are inaccessible today.

A precious collection of sixty years

The minerals shown in this exhibition are provided by the "Pohl-Ströher Mineralienstiftung". The Saxon-born Swiss Lady Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher collected minerals for more than sixty years. In 2004, she decided to give her unique collection as a permanent loan to the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the world`s oldest mining school. The collection of Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher is regarded as one of the most valuable and significant private collections worldwide. In Freiberg, it is open to the public since October 2008.