David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

The Milan Museum of Natural History or "Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano" as it is properly known in Italian is a beautiful old building in the downtown area of Milan, Italy. The museum has been in existance since 1838, although it was badly damaged during WW II. The war damage was repaired and the Museum was re-openned in 1952. It is reportedly, Italy's greatest Museum of Natural History. I have not visited many museums in Italy and so cannot compare BUT I can report that the mineral gallery is absoutely world class. It is well organized, thoughtfully presented and is full of fabulous and interesting mineral specimens. Here is a glimpse of this great institution. I know that I could have dome better with photography but, hopefully, you'll enjoy the images.

 

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

For a "flatlander" from Central Canada, the scenery was pretty special!

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

We travelled by train to Milano. The scenery was beautiful and I managed to capture a few decent images along the way. Please remember that I am taking these images through a passenger car window, on a moving train.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

We really only travelled to Milan for a one day visit, primarily to visit the Museo. The rest of our time in Italy was spent in Venice.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

I wondered what it would be like to live in one of the villas that we could see up in the mountains! Great hiking!

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

A very handsome and distinguished building, indeed. Lots of park benches to sit on and large trees to sit under abound around the museum. For some reason, i did not take a picture of the Museum building! Here is one that I have borrowed to give you an idea of its appearance.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

The cases were very well done and well lit. Cases were subdivided into mineral systems, individual localities and special exhibits. These two cases were totally dedicated to phosgenite from Monteponi, Iglesias, Sardinia. What fantastic specimens! I'll show you some close-ups in a bit.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

There were a number of cases like this that highlighted various crystal and mineral systems. On to minerals!

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

Italy is famous for beautiful andradite specimens like this, from miniera dello Sferlun, val Lanterna, Lombardia.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

A really nice specimen of anglesite crystals from Miniera si Monteponi, Iglesias, Sardinia. About 10.0cm tall.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

This specimen of native antimony cleavages in matrix from Kalliosalo, Nurmo, Finland is particularly well crystallized for this mineral.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

How could a crystal be more perfectly perched for display?! This plate supports a 70mm, classic baveno twin of orthoclase from none other than Baveno, Verbania, Piemonte.

Recent Activities -A vist to the Milan Museum of Natural History

There were very few Canadian Specimens in this wonderful museum. Here is a very nice gypsum specimen from the classic Winnipeg River Floodway occurrence, near Winnipeg, Manitoba. About 10cm tall.