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The Mim Museum

Salim Edde has built up a collection of minerals since 1997 originating from a number of renowned collections, both old and more recent, as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era.

It is now considered to be one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals.

In order to share his passion with the greatest number of people, he decided to create the mineral museum in Beirut and called it Mim.

Mim gets its name from the twenty-fourth letter of the Arabic alphabet, the equivalent of the Latin letter M, precisely because it is the first letter of the Arabic words for museum, minerals and mines. Coincidentally, the same words begin with the letter M in English and in French.

The museum exhibits more than 1500 minerals, representing around 350 different species from over 60 countries.

Its mission is to promote the historical, industrial and economic but also aesthetic aspects of mineralogy till now unknown in the world of museums, both in Lebanon and in the Middle East.

ATRIUM

The atrium which connects the different parts of the museum is a meeting place also dedicated for special events. 5 columns stand there and form an ensemble that recalls the entrance of an ancient temple. They are adorned with display cases exhibiting some minerals, giving the visitor a foretaste for its visit.

PENROSE WALL

The wall that separates the atrium from the treasure room is named after the twentieth-century English mathematician Roger Penrose. As a glimpse to the order so present in crystals, it gives the illusion that it is in three dimensions although the tiling is bi-dimensional.

INTERACTIVE AREA

In this space dedicated for educational and entertaining activities, the visitor has access to the communication of the museum using the new technology tools: giant touch screen, computers…

AUDIOVISUAL SPACE

Discover the motivations of Salim Edde in collecting minerals and the reasons why he decided to create a museum.

THE CRYSTAL GALLERY

The Crystal Gallery hosts temporary exhibitions and several cultural and social activities.

THE OCTAHEDRON

The octahedron shows a characteristic shape reminiscent of a famous geometric pattern, that of the pyramids. And rather than building a single octahedron, the architect decided to construct a big one interwoven with two smaller ones in order to simulate one of the beautiful fluorites in the collection.

THE 9 CLASSES

9 mineral samples introduce you to the traditional chemical classification proposed by the Swedish scientist Berzelius (1779-1848). Discover in a visual animation the mineral classification, their physical properties and the story of the Russian scientist Dimitri Mendeleev. On a touch screen you will uncover Mendeleev' table and surf on its applications.

Class 1: Native element minerals and Alloys
Class 2: Sulfides and Sulphosalts
Class 3: Halides
Class 4: Oxides and Hydroxides
Class 5: Carbonates and Borates
Class 6: Sulfates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Class 7: Phosphates, Vanadates, Arsenates
Class 8: Silicates
Class 9: Organic minerals

MINERALS BY CLASS

More than 900 minerals are exhibited according to their chemical class. You will admire wonders of creation that have formed without human intervention but, rather, under the sole influence of temperature, pressure and the incredibly complex work of water and especially time.

Discover the 9 chemical classes in a visual animation and get detailed information about mim collection.

RADIOACTIVE MINERALS

Even if their radioactivity is without danger, these specimens are exhibited in a secured room and the display cases are equipped with vents that suck up the radon gas generated by radioactivity and release it outside the building, where it is dispersed in the air in harmless quantities.

Find out the story of radioactivity and nuclear fission in a visual animation, and learn about the good but also misuse of them.

TROPHIES

The layout of this showcase takes its inspiration from the podiums in athletic competitions. Due to their fame or rarity these specimens were most often acquired after fierce bidding wars against determined museums or collectors, hence their trophy status.

On a touch screen, discover the story of the trophies, learn about the criteria used by the collectors in selecting the minerals and become better acquainted with precious and semi-precious stones and gems.

TREASURE

One can see here precious metals such as silver and gold as well as rubies, topazes and emeralds, etc. specially selected for their transparency, color and well expressed geometric shapes. 21 elegant display columns allow the visitor to admire their contents from every angle, exactly as in a jewelry exhibition.

MINERALS BY COUNTRY

The minerals are distributed according to their country and continent of origin.

7 countries weigh in for more than half of the collection's samples, with more than a 100 pieces from each: Brazil, Mexico, the USA, Namibia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China.

On a touch screen, discover the satellite images of the minerals ores of origin. You can also see pictures of active mines and those of abandoned or closed mines.

- The MIM Museum 1: >> View Movie << (2014-06-01)
- The MIM Museum 2: >> View Movie << (2014-06-01)
- The MIM Museum 3: >> View Movie << (2014-06-15)

 

 


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