Permanent Exhibition

Mineral Hall

In 1828 crown prince William II of the Netherlands and his wife, the sister of tsar Alexander I, donated 808 Russian rocks and minerals to the Brussels Museum, the precursor of the current Museum of Natural Sciences.

These were the first pieces of our geological collection, which today contains more than 35,000 minerals (or 80% of the types known worldwide). It includes tens of thousands of twin crystals, more than 1,600 meteorites (six of which fell in Belgium), wonderful fluorescent minerals and even a very rare sample of lunar rock.

Allow yourself to delight in the splendid colours and gorgeous shapes of some of the finest pieces in our collection.

  • All ages
  • Approximately 1 hour
  • Included in the entry ticket
  • Point 8 on the map

Do not miss

Twinned Crystals


Pyrite

The fool's Gold : Pyrite may shine like gold, but it is nothing more than iron sulphide (FeS2) and it is worthless

A Piece of the Moon

Come and see a fragment of lunar rock collected during the "Apollo 17" mission.

Meteorites

It is estimated that a hundred tons of meteorites fall on Earth every year.

The Miniature Cave

Caves are natural cavities shaped by rainwater...

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