CSI Freiberg: Murder in the terra mineralia! Special Exhibition Introduces Innovative Concept

Starting tomorrow (April 12), the terra mineralia will provide the setting for a detective story that revolves around rare earth elements. In the exciting, eventful and interactive special exhibition “CSI Freiberg: A Murder Case in the terra mineralia”, visitors play the part of detectives.

The first 1,000 visitors will receive a complementary detective pencil to aid them in their investigation.  

“With the CSI exhibition, we’re trying something completely new,” says Anna Dziwetzki, manager of the terra mineralia. “For the first time, we have woven pieces from our museum’s collection into a gripping narrative, allowing us to share knowledge of rare earth elements in a fun and engaging manner.” With the murder-mystery exhibition format, visitors get actively involved, and at twelve stations in the exhibition – such as the ‘police laboratory’, the ‘apartment’ or the ‘office’ – they can find out about the suspects and identify the murderer.

The CSI exhibition was conceived by the American geologist and museologist Laura Charlene Hall. With experience in underground mining, environmental technology and oil exploration, the 32-year-old scientist oversaw a special exhibition in Seattle, USA on the topic of criminality in the course of her master’s thesis. She will spend 18 months in Freiberg for the special exhibition in the terra mineralia.

“This is my first big exhibition,” explained Ms. Hall, “which is why I’m so thrilled to be taking part in this exciting project at the terra mineralia. I’m greatly looking forward to seeing how our visitors enjoy it!” For the planning and realization of the project, Ms. Hall was able to draw on the experience other museums have had with crime thrillers and spy stories.

While visitors search for clues to find out who murdered “Prof. Kathrin Berg” – an expert on rare earth elements at TU Bergakademie Freiberg – they are immersed more and more in the world of rare earths, and learn a great deal about their importance in a host of everyday products, microelectronics and high-tech industrial applications.

Parallel to the “whodunnit” mystery, the terra mineralia also offers a detective story for younger visitors, so that the whole family can investigate together. “Gecko Gustav is looking for his rock” is a children’s trail on which kids can help Gustav the Gecko (Prof. Berg’s pet lizard from Madagascar) as he searches for his missing rock.

The special exhibition is sponsored by the Federal Cultural Foundation’s International Museum Fellowship, and is open to visitors until August 27, 2017.

Information on the special exhibition, admission fees and opening times: http://www.terra-mineralia.de/deutsch/ausstellung/sonderausstellung-2017

Geologist and museologist Laura Charlene Hall with mugshots of the suspects
Setting up the special exhibition
Geologist and museologist Laura Charlene Hall conceived the special exhibition
Anna Dziwetzki (r.), manager of the terra mineralia
Geologist and museologist Laura Charlene Hall at one of the stations
Ansprechpartner: 
Anna Dziwetzki, Manager, terra mineralia, Tel. 03731 39-4651