"Polish amber and other precious gemstones" Top 5 Page for this destination Warsaw Off The Beaten Path Tip by matcrazy1
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I am not a dedicated fan of geology but once passing by the Museum of the Earth (Muzeum Ziemi) run by Polish Academy of Science I decided to visit it. First I saw a few large and smaller erratic blocks put along paved park alley. In a small white house I bought a ticket (4 zl = below 1 euro) and... It's a very interesting collection of rare rocks, minerals, gemstones etc. both from Poland and from all over the world. The information on displays is of great educational value for everyone who is lucky to understand Polish language.
For others... hmm, this language barrier is awful but... at least you may see Baltic amber rocks weighing over 3 kg (6 pounds) you will never find in any jewelry shops as well as those smaller ones with a 40 mln year old fly inside (available but very expensive in amber jewelry shops).
I liked most exposition displayed in a seperate room and run by the seperate institution Galeria GeoCentrum. I've seen nunerous minerals from all over the world including the most beautiful and colorful ones:
- mostly red and white agate from Poland
- green malachite from Congo
- red-pink fluorite from England (usually it's blue).
Add numerous precious gemstones like milky and rarer milky bluish opals from Australia, blue and white sapphire gems from Sri Lanka, and many others. I'd love to see some home countries of these pecious gemstones.
The Museum is located some 2 km south of the Royal Castle, some 600 m east of the Three Crosses Square (Pl. Trzech Krzyzy) in Rydz-Smigly Park, in Al. Na Skarpie (map here). It's open Mon - Fri 9 am - 4 pm and Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm. Look at the map here: the entrance and main exposition is at No 1, No 2 houses temporary exhibitions, often very interesting (read my text tip), No 3 marks erratic blocks, No 4 - some construction stones and stone sculptures.
Phone: +48 (22) 829 80 63
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