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“Mineralogy summons science, but also history, industry, current events…”


Director of the Mineralogy Museum of the School of Mines for ten years, Didier Nectoux is neither a mineralogist nor a gemologist, but a geologist. He works with his small team to highlight the incredible collections of this institution, in particular the stones from the jewels of...

How old is the museum?

The School of Mines moved into this hotel in Vendôme

(the aptly named, editor's note),

boulevard Saint-Michel, adjoining the Luxembourg Gardens, in 1815. As for the collection of mineralogy, then called Cabinet des mines, which dates from 1794, it was exhibited there a few years later, in the middle of the 19th century.

She hasn't moved since.

The staircase of honor, the windows are period.

With 100,000 samples in the drawers, and 5,000 exhibited to the public, of a remarkable variety and quality, it is still today one of the most important collections in the world, the fourth, after those of the Smithsonian in Washington, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris (MNHN) and the British Museum in London.

100,000 samples in the drawers, and 5,000 on public display, of remarkable variety and quality.

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What is his calling?

Historically, the Cabinet of Mines has a strategic function, that is to say that it must take stock of France's mineral resources in order to put itself at the service of industry.

When the Museum inventories to understand the…

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Source: lefigaro

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