Welcome to the Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy

In the Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy we show photos and descriptions of objects related to mineralogy and crystallography in the pre-X-ray diffraction era. Those objects are treasures that are kept in various collections around the world.
The Virtual Museum is organized into 5 main categories covering the history of mineralogy and crystallography:

There are also links to museums, collectors and antiquarian book dealers.
New materials are added regularly and we will keep you informed via our newsletter.
You are most welcome to contribute to the development of this site; we would appreciate receiving photos, information, links and advertisements. Use the sitemap for a quick overview of what is available.

Museum Shop

In the museum shop you will find antiquarian mineralogy books, old mineralogical or crystallographic instruments, antique crystal models, etc. If you have for sale anything related to the contents of our site, you are welcome to place a free advertisement.


oryctics is a discussion list devoted to the history of mineralogy and crystallography. Join now.