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German Minerals in the Krügerhaus, A New Permanent Exhibition in Freiberg, Saxony, Germany

Native silver, in bizarre shapes, as dendritic or curled wires, argentite and acanthite, polybasite and stephanite, freibergite, freieslebenite and argyrodite, and proustite in perfect crystals, all are presented, among others, in a mind-blowing array at the Krügerhaus.

Since the autumn of 2012, when the museum opened, about one thousand mineral specimens from German localities only have been admired in this institution's mineralogical collection. The exhibition completes the terra mineralia that had its origin in the nearby Freudenstein Castle in Freiberg (see Flynn 2011). Terra mineralia, with about thirty-five hundred specimens on display, is considered to be one of the largest exhibited mineral collections in the world. It was donated to the Technical University (TU) in Freiberg by the renowned Swiss mineral collector Dr. Erika Pohl-Ströher. In the main building of the castle, visitors are taken on a world tour to see some of the most beautiful minerals from five continents. Now, in the neighboring Krügerhaus, they are invited to visit the important mineral localities in just Germany.

Andreas Massanek is the mineralogist at and curator of terra mineralia and of the mineralogical collections of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg; he is also head of the geoscientific collections of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Christina Seifert is responsible for the museum educational services at terra mineralia.

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