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 25 € plus admission fee for up to 20 children, for groups or classes of more than 21 children 50 € plus admission fee (no entrance fee for children under 6 years).

Legendary Silver


Mining in the Ore Mountains began with the discovery of silver in Freiberg. Many of its achievements are world-famous and led to the title UNESCO World Heritage for the Montan region of the Ore Mountains. The children get to know the legend of the Freiberg silver discovery in a playful way. They learn about the hard work the miners had to do underground and why silver is still so valuable today.

Curriculum preschool, material lessons GS Kl. 1+2 LB 5 - encounter with space and time, LBW 7 - stones
Duration 1 hour Organisational form Narrative and hands-on guided tour
Price 25 € for 20 children/50 € Euro for 21 children and more plus
Admission (free for children under 6 years)
Place Mineralogical Collection Germany.

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 60 € plus admission fee. 

From the OREmountains

Why is the mountain range on our doorstep named after ore? What do ores have to do with minerals? Which ores were so important that the Oremountains received the title UNESCO World Heritage? The children discover which minerals were mined in their homeland, which objects were created from them and which important inventions they led to.

Curriculum for subject lessons GS class 1+2 LB 5 - Encounter with space and time, LBW 7 - Stones. Kl. 3 LBW 3 - Stones and stone culture in the region. Class 4 LB 5 - Encounter with space and time, LBW 4 - A product of our country.
Duration 1.5 hours Organizational form Playful leadership
Price 30 € for 20 students/60€ Euro for 21 students and more plus admission
Place Mineralogical Collection Germany.

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 – 210 €, up to 100 pupils – 260 €, more than 120 pupils – 310 € plus entry.

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

During the 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  25 € 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.