Located at 60 Boulevard Saint Michel, which runs along the Luxembourg Gardens in central Paris, the Musée de Minéralogie is housed in the former Hotel de Vendome which also contains the prestigious Ecole des Mines.
The museum occupies the former staterooms of the hotel on the first floor with the classical French proportions and meticulous arrangements of rocks and minerals creating a calming harmony in the center of a busy city.
After ringing the doorbell to be let into the museum, you are first greeted by a darkened room that showcases the minerals dramatically against a dark background.
Once past the first room you see beautiful wooden cabinets filled with around 4,500 specimens curated from about 100,000 different specimens in their collection.
Most of the examples are labeled with the name and location of where the item was mined from.
Larger specimens are placed on shelves and the floor out in the open, allowing for closer inspection.
The museum provides wonderful inspiration regarding surface design, color combinations and even beading directions as the minerals combine unusual metallics and textures. In the photos below we zoom into some of our favourites featured in the collection.
Address: 60 boulevard Saint Germain, Paris 75006
Hours: Tuesday - Friday from 13:30-18:00
Saturday from 10:00- 12:30 and 14:00 - 17:00
Admission Price: 6.00 Euros