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!

WINTER HOLIDAYS, 8 - 23 February 2020, 10-17 hours

Welcome to the Ice Age!

Embark on a journey back to the past about 10 000 years ago. Here you will meet mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers, early humans and huge glaciers. You will learn more about ice, glaciers and the traces they have left behind. Come into our primeval cave and find out which minerals and rocks were used by early humans. You can cut with flints, learn how to make fire and try your hand at cave painting.

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During the winter holidays the terra mineralia welcomes its young guests with "Welcome to the ice age!" The girls and boys learn which people and animals lived in Europe during the last Ice Age and how glaciers, ice and snow shaped the landscape.

The children travel back 10,000 years into the past and find themselves at the end of the Cold Age and thus also at the end of the Paleolithic Age. Europe is still partly covered by large glaciers and it is much colder than today. Was this the end of the ice age? No. Because ice age means that cold and warm periods are alternating. Even today we are still in an ice age that has already lasted 2.7 million years. On a tour of the exhibition, children can playfully find out what exactly an ice age is and how it was connected with the Paleolithic Age. They learn that before modern man Neanderthals and Homo erectus lived in Europe. Our ancestors used stones and minerals as tools, hunting weapons or to produce paint. They could even light fire with their help! Typical animals of the ice age were the mammoth or woolly rhinoceros, but horses and reindeer were also hunted. And which of these animals are still alive today?

In the " Research expedition", the participatory laboratory, many exciting experiments around the glaciers of the Ice Age await the children. How is a glacier formed? How is it constructed? How can it move? How heavy is such a glacier actually? What changes caused by a glacier can still be seen today? Finally, the question will be clarified how we can actually recognize today that the great glaciers of the Ice Age actually existed. Students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg show the children the world 10,000 years ago and carry out experiments together with them. Once the girls and boys have solved all the questions, they are allowed to visit a craft cave. In the Stone Age cave the walls have to be decorated with cave paintings. The colour pigments for this came from minerals even then. If you want, you can make a small leather bag as a souvenir. Just like our ancestors probably did.

The winter holiday programme of terra mineralia "Welcome to the Ice Age!" can be followed daily from 8 - 23 February 2020 from 10 am to 5 pm. You should plan about 1.5 hours for the visit. The start is possible at any time. Groups of children and after-school groups are asked to register. The last run will start at 15:30 at the latest. Further information can be obtained from the information desk of terra mineralia by telephone on 03731 394654 or by e-mail at

Important information at a glance:

Period:  8 - 23 February 2020
Duration:  approx. 1.5 hours, participation possible at any time from 10 am to 5:00 pm
Last start:  3:30 pm
Participation:  individual for families with children without registration;
 groups of children and after-school groups with advance reservation.

EASTER HOLIDAYS, 4 - 19 April 2020, 10-17 hours
ASCENSION AND PENTECOST, 21 - 24 May 2020, 30 May - 7 June, 10-17 hours

Our earth is alive!

Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes show that our earth is alive. Because it is in motion, it constantly forms minerals and rocks and destroys them again. With the help of this cycle you arrange the minerals and rocks and determine their age and the origin of certain regions. You can also grind minerals.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS, 18 July - 30 August 2020, Thu-Sun, 10-17 hours

The quartz and me

Every day and at every time you encounter the quartz without noticing it. Because quartz is not only a mineral that can be found in many wonderful colors. Much more exciting is its use: tea glass, quartz clock, window pane, solar cell and much more. In the hands-on laboratory "Research Expedition" you will discover everything about quartz!

AUTUMN HOLIDAYS, 17 October - 1 November 2020, 10-17 hours

Of the knight, unicorn and dragon

Experience magical adventures in the realm of knights, unicorns and dragons. Help your friend, the unicorn, find his magic horn. Only the dragon in the volcanic cave can reattach it with its blue fire. The minerals will give your heroes incredible powers on their journey around the world.