On November 6, 1989 a happy event took place in the museums’ family in Romania – the birth of a new member in Baia Mare – the Mineralogical Museum.
The minerals collection began to be gathered in 1969 around a core of minerals counting 1,502 units, undetermined and non-inventoried, stored for years in a warehouse of the Maramures County Museum.
Gradually, through collections from underground, acquisitions and donations, the collection has grown till it reached a number of 3272 samples in 1975, reaching 14274, in 1985, until today, it numbers more than 16,000 samples determined and accounted.
The Mineralogy Museum from Baia Mare’ Collection possesses outstanding examples from several points of view, as follows:
- The worldwide rarity
- The size of the dominant crystal on a sample:
- Different colors of the minerals of the same species
The present building of the museum houses the main exhibition - 900 m2, and the temporary exhibition hall, hosts the minerals’ deposits and the administrative space.
The museum specific activity is focused in three main directions:
-research - museology
- enrichment and preservation of heritage
- capitalization through exhibitions.
By its special museum heritage value, its presentation and organization of the basic exhibition, Mineralogical Museum has imposed itself among the museums in the country as a representative unit of the Romanian museology.
Translated and arranged after bibliography: www.muzeuminbm.ro/prezentare.php