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Mineralogy Museum

Almost 50,000 specimens to discover

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Originally a part of La Specola Museum, the Museum of Minerals and Lithology split off in 1880 and was moved to the present location.  The museum houses almost 50,000 specimens of rocks and minerals from around the world. Among these are 151kg topaz – the second largest in the world – a 180kg smoke quartz, and a 98kg acquamarine. The museum’s collection also includes various artistic objects made from cut and polished stones that came from the Medici collections, including goblets in jasper and jade once belonging to Lorenzo the Magnificent. One of these, a chalice carved out of jasper and jade, has the letters LAURMED carved into it, a referente to Lorenzo the Magnificent (de’ Medici.) There are also about 80 specimens of meteorites, including one which fell near Siena on June 6, 1794, and those which fell on Mount Milone on May 8, 1846.
Museo di Mineralogia e Litologia
Via La Pira 4 - Firenze
Ph: +39 055 2757537
Entrance: € 4.00
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm. Closed Wednesday.

Source: Florence APT
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