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 - 27 October, 10 am - 17 pm

On the tracks of great explorers

Summit climber, plant collector, volcanologist - Alexander von Humboldt was a famous natural scientist. During the autumn holidays, the great and small explorers can follow in his tracks at terra mineralia.

Humboldt's pet helps the girls and boys: the Vasa parrot from Madagascar lived in the house of the famous researcher for almost 30 years. He can tell the children a lot about these adventurous journeys. But the little sniffers have to find out the name of the parrot themselves by solving little riddles in the minerals exhibition. The students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg prepared experiments in the "Forschungsreise" hands-on laboratory: For example, many minerals and rocks from volcanoes are waiting to be determined. The children can also try out self-made measuring instruments or see how to build their own compass. In the jungle photo corner, they can dress up like real researchers.

The autumn holiday programme of terra mineralia "In the footsteps of great explorers" takes place daily from 3 to 27 October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The visit should take about 90 minutes. You can start at any time. The last run begins at 15:30 o'clock at the latest. Groups of children and after-school groups are requested to register for the holiday programme. Further information is available at the terra mineralia information desk on 03731 394654 or by e-mail at

Important information at a glance:

Period:  3 - 27 October, daily 10 am - 5 pm
Duration:  approx. 90 minutes
Last start:  3:30 pm
Participation:  for families with children at any time and without registration;
 children's and after-school groups with advance reservation
Age:  from 8 years (younger children need the help of their parents to read and write)
Entrance fees:  adults 10 Euro, children 5 Euro, family ticket 22 Euro

20 November - 21 December, Sat 6 pm

Family tour: at night through the museum

Get ready for a very special trip! Equipped with head lamp and UV flashlight you can explore the terra mineralia in the dark! Fluorescent minerals shine in the showcases in all colors for you and your family. In experiments, you create the phenomenon of luminescence even with pudding, eggs or the washing powder.