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Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion is a museum in Lavrion, Attica, Greece.)
A brief history of the Museum
The Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion was inaugurated in 1986 through the efforts of the “Society for Lavrion region Studies” (the Scientific Society of Lavrion, in Greek “Etaireia Meleton Lavreotikis”, E.ME.L.), a non-profit cultural association founded in 1984 and recognized by the Ministry of Culture with the status of a private legal association (Government Gazette No. B/1401/22.10.2001, No. 54), grouping the scientific community of the city and its surroundings. The Museum’s premises occupy a small industrial building, built in 1875, which constituted initially a part of the industrial ore washing complex of the “Metallurgical Company of Lavrion” (“Société des Usines du Laurium” or “Hellenic Company”, 1873-1927).
The Museum has been dedicated to the memory of Andreas Cordellas, Greek mineralogist (1836-1909), whose scientific work paved the way to the re-exploitation, in the second half of the 19th century, of the ancient mines of Lavrion. His monument, created by the sculptor Irini Chariati (1918-2009), member of E.ME.L., was placed by E.ME.L. at the premises of the Museum and unveiled on May 20, 1990.
Compiling the Collection
E.ME.L. commenced in 1984 the effort to compile its mineralogical collection by addressing requests to local families, who, to their knowledge, had in their possession minerals from the region. The response of the inhabitants was massive and truly touching, as in a rather short period of time, an impressive number of exhibits was gathered, allowing thus the collection to be organized and presented. All collectors usually establish warm ties with the objects they gather, both as a whole but also individually with every piece they cherish, thus making their offerings all the more valuable, as they bequeath a beloved object. To visit Mineralogical Museum and other attractions in Lavrio, use our Lavrio trip planner.
Mineralogical Museum reviews
The visit to the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrio was a very a good experience withe the rare exhibits of the Lavreotyiki regeon
The visit to the Mineralogical Museum of Lavrio was a very a good experience withe the rare exhibits of the Lavreotyiki regeon more »
An amazing collection of minerals with more than 200 different species and a total of about 780 exhibited mineral samples
An amazing collection of minerals with more than 200 different species and a total of about 780 exhibited mineral samples more »
This is a really small museum and alittle hard to find but worth it. It holds some amazing rocks from the area...rocks you have never seen or will again. Highly recommend for rock lovers.
This is a really small museum and alittle hard to find but worth it. It holds some amazing rocks from the area...rocks you have never seen or will again. Highly recommend for rock lovers. more »
Wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly curator. Lots to see in small place. New larger premises planned.
The showcases of the Museum exhibit about 600 pieces of minerals and rocks of the Lavreotikos subsoil, while the total collection of the company amounts to 1400 pieces. The ticket costs just 1 euro and is really worth a visit. The whole area is very beautiful and full of buildings and constructions of the past.
The Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion is housed in a small but noteworthy example of the industrial architecture of the 19th century (1873), in the remains of the important metal-washing plant of the Greek Society. In the Museum's showcases are exhibited approximately 700 samples of 115 different kinds of minerals, classified according to the norms of mineralogical science (DANA 1850), into the following categories: sulphides, sulphates, native elements, halogens, limes, oxides-hydroxides, arsenides, vanadiums. All the exhibits are in crystal form. Open at Sat-Sun 10:00 until 12:00
A great collection of minerals from Lavrio. Artifacts revealing the mining history of the region are also found in the collection.
Very small museum, but extremely interesting. Only open Wed, sat and Sunday 10:00-12:00. Other arrangements can be made in advance.
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