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  Beautiful old mineralogical museum
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  • Beautiful old mineralogical museum - Marburg an der Lahn
      Beautiful old mineralogical museum
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  • Beautiful old mineralogical museum - Marburg an der Lahn
      Beautiful old mineralogical museum
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  • Beautiful old mineralogical museum, door - Marburg an der Lahn
      Beautiful old mineralogical museum, door
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  • Beautiful old mineralogical museum, door - Marburg an der Lahn
      Beautiful old mineralogical museum, door
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Next to Elisabethkirche, or better behind the church are several beautiful old stone buildings. Once they were all part of the complex the Order of the Teutonic Knights have built, the ones who founded the church. After the order was abolished and the remaining property was conveyed to Marburg and the university. One of the houses, the old fruit & grain warehouse and bakehouse (of 1515) was converted into the museum for mineralogy in 1977. From the outside it is quite obvious that this was once a storehouse, given the tiny windows in walls and roof. The collection of the museum is very big, they have more than 45.000 minerals, 55.000 rock samples and 150 samples of meteorites. Usually approx. 2500 are constantly exhibited on the three floors. It is the biggest collection of state of Hesse and said to be one of the most remarkable in Germany. The entrance is at the rear of the half round stair tower, a very cute old door by the way (see photo).

Opening hours:
Wednesdays 10:00 ? 13:00 and 15:00 ? 18:00, Thursday & Friday 10:00 ? 13:00, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 13:00.
Entrance fees: 1 ? for adults, 0,50 ? for kids (up to age of 16), students and handicapped visitors don?t need to pay a fee.

I have linked University of Mineralogy?s English website, which includes descriptions of the building's history, but there is another one, albeit in German, with photos of the collections.

Address: Marburg, Firmaneiplatz
Directions: Look for bus no 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 14 or C and get off at Elisabethkirche. It is behind the church at the parking lot.
Website: http://www.uni-marburg.de/fb19/minmus/visitors

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2009
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