Ceremony and Special Exhibition for terra mineralia’s Tenth Anniversary

Prof. Georg Unland
The tenth anniversary of the terra mineralia mineral collection in Freiberg' s Freudenstein Castle was celebrated on April 16 with a grand ceremony in the Alte Mensa event center. The ceremonial address was given by the Prime Minister of Saxony, Mr. Michael Kretschmer.

Among the highlights was the opening of the special anniversary exhibition GESUCHT UND GEFUNDEN: Einzigartige Entdeckungen aus Sachsen ('Sought & Found: Unique Discoveries from Saxony'), which will be shown to visitors at terra mineralia from April 17 to August 25. The exhibition will show original 'first finds' of minerals that were discovered for the first time in Saxony from across six centuries – and all from the mineralogical collections of TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Senckenberg Natural History Collections.

"In addition to teaching and research, the role of the university will always include the transfer of science to society," said Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, Rector of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. "This has been particularly successful at terra mineralia, a central institution of our university: Ten years after its foundation, the mineral collection in the specially restored Freudenstein Castle has developed into a major public attraction. Everything about this exhibition is spot on: a collection of 3,500 minerals, precious stones and meteorites is presented attractively with a modern and interactive concept. Children and teenagers are also introduced to the world of minerals in an educationally resourceful and experience-oriented manner, as evidenced by the many holiday offers and the wealth of options for families and school groups."

Fascinating special exhibitions with current topics such as the conservation of biodiversity as well as new dialogue-oriented event formats for science communication, such as "Ask the scientist", round off the offerings. In fact, terra mineralia already welcomed its one millionth visitor in February, 2019. "The initial forecast of 50,000 visitors per year has been exceeded by a significant margin," said Prof. Dr. Georg Unland, former rector of the Bergakademie and the founder of the terra mineralia exhibition.

The majority of the exhibits at terra mineralia come from the private Pohl-Ströher Mineral Foundation. The endowment’s founder and honorary senator of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher, who passed away in 2016, collected particularly beautiful specimens and intriguing finds from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America and Australia for over 60 years. With the permanent loan of her mineral collection to the University, she enabled terra mineralia's establishment in Freudenstein Castle and the establishment of the German Mineralogical Collection at the Krügerhaus, which was renovated thanks to the great commitment of another significant donor, Dr. Erika Krüger. From each of the five continents, the exhibits enrich the collection of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, which has grown over two centuries and can be traced back to Abraham Gottlob Werner, who taught mineralogy there from 1775 to 1817.

The year 2019 is particularly important for the Pohl-Ströher Mineral Foundation: Its benefactress, Erika Pohl-Ströher, would have turned 100 years old in January, 2019. In April 2009, the terra mineralia exhibition opened in Freiberg's Freudenstein Castle, while the German Mineralogical Collection opened in the Krügerhaus in October, 2012. June 2019 will also mark the 15th anniversary of the signing of the endowment charter. There will be several occasions to celebrate these milestones this year. 

The internationality of the Bergakademie is also embodied in a special way at terra mineralia. Not only do the exhibits inform us about the sites where they were found, but photographical exhibitions – such as those about the geological excursions of the Bergakademie's professors and students to remote parts of the world – also show how impressive TU Bergakademie Freiberg’s global network has become, and how the University contributes to the responsible use of the planet's resources.

Further information: http://www.terra-mineralia.de/english/exhibition/special-exhibition-2019

Contact person: Ms. Anna Dziwetzki, terra mineralia, Tel. +49 3731 / 39-4651


The Minister President of Saxony, Mr. Michael Kretschmer
TU-Rector Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht
Bertram Pohl
Prof. Barbknecht and Dr. Burkhardt Pohl
Minister President of Saxony Mr. Michael Kretschmer
Prof. Jochen Brüning
Prof. Dr. Georg Unland
Minister President of Saxony and Lord Mayor of Freiberg
In the exhibition
The museum's educational specialist Ms. Christina Seifert and Prof. Dr. Klaus Th
Prof. Dr. Klaus Thalheim presents one of rare exhibits.