Paris Geology and Mineralogy Gallery
What to expect
Explore the Paris Geology and Mineralogy Gallery to delve into a fascinating world of earthly treasures. Admire unique giant crystals, rare minerals, and Martian meteorites. Discover the history of Earth and the solar system through precious specimens. Thematic alcoves unveil the mysteries of mineralogy. With its neoclassical setting and prestigious collection, this gallery offers an unforgettable experience for all geology and mineralogy enthusiasts.
- Open every day, except Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.
- Hours: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Last access to the ticket office is 1 hour before closing.
Treasures of the Earth at Jardin des Plantes
During a stroll in Jardin des Plantes, let yourself be captivated by the Geology and Mineralogy Gallery, located along the Haüy pathway, named in honor of one of the pioneers of mineralogy. Behind the splendor of the rose garden, this neoclassical jewel extends 187 meters, adorned with two colonnaded porticos. It now houses the Treasures of the Earth room, the highlight of the establishment.
A Journey to the Kingdom of Rarity
Admire around twenty giant crystals at the center of the gallery, displayed among the most beautiful collection in the world preserved by a museum. Their spectacular size attests to thousands, even millions of years of environmental stability. These crystals were gathered in the 60s and 70s by the merchant Ilia Deleff, thus preserving them from destruction.
- Rates: From €5 to €7.
Discover the Expertise of Mineralogy
In the eight thematic alcoves on each side of the gallery, explore various aspects of mineralogy, including the methods used to differentiate mineral species. There are specific criteria for identification, combining chemical formula and crystalline structure. Learn about the varied compositions that can give rise to different minerals, such as carbon present in a graphite mine or a diamond.
A Natural Jewelry Box to Admire
Admire the diversity of shapes and colors, the beauty of gemstones and ornamental stones. Fluorite comes in different shades, from blue to orange, violet, and green, while azurite remains always blue. Observe pigments obtained from ground minerals. Some cut minerals may seem like perfect human creations, but they are actually wonders of nature. Let yourself be amazed by the jewelries exhibited by the jewelers and by rarities such as Louis XIV's blue diamond and an authentic gold rush nugget.
The Fascinating History of the Geology and Mineralogy Gallery
The history of the Museum is closely linked to that of these collections. At the time of the creation of the Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants under Louis XIII, minerals were considered for their pharmaceutical virtues and kept in the king's apothecary. In the 18th century, these specimens became objects of collection and research, exhibited in the Cabinet of Natural History opened by Buffon and Daubenton in 1745. The Gallery, the first building designed to become a museum, was constructed starting in 1833. Even today, the minerals of the Gallery enlighten researchers on the formation of Earth and the solar system thanks to meteorites. Fascinating stardust to contemplate.
Address: 36 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris.
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