Mim Museum - Mineral Museum

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Mim Museum - Mineral Museum

Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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mim is a private mineral museum in Beirut, Lebanon. It exhibits more than 1800 minerals, representing some 400 different species from over 70 countries. Created by nature itself, those works of art with their breathtaking aesthetics were formed in earth’s crust millions of years ago. Mr. Salim Edde has built up this collection starting 1997. You can discover pieces originating from a number of renowned collections --both old and more recent-- as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era. The mim collection is now considered to be one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals. A didactic circuit, accompanied by screens displaying films and scientific applications of mineralogy, will reveal a world of unsuspected marvels--priceless both from an aesthetic and scientific point of view. Mimodactylus libanensis “mimo”, the fossil of a pterodactyl is featured in a special wing. This one-of-a-kind complete specimen in the Middle-East was found in Lebanon. It is promoted by means of state-of-the-art modern techniques: a hologram, an auto-stereoscopic movie, a full-scale reconstitution and a game “fly with mimo” – an entertainment that delights children and adults. Moreover, mim hosts a thematic exhibition of 200 marine fossils. “Fish’n’Stone” was organized with the collaboration of Mémoire du Temps. Known throughout the world, those fossils were quarried in the Lebanese mountains. The history of the fossil formation is shown through an animation that submerses you in the marine life – a time capsule that takes you in a journey to some 100 million of years ago.
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Sarahwang
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
A must visit. You see minerals from all over the world. You are amazed by nature's creation. The entrance is minimal 6000 l.l for adults, 2000l.l for kids between 12 and 18 and free for kids under 12. I recommend it for all ages. It has also interactive screens that are very interesting and helpful to understand more about chemical elements of the minerals. If you are lucky you ll get a tour with Salim and then you ll be amazed more by the story of each piece. The display is also very well designed to capture you each time from a different point of view either by type or region or rarity. And there is another section about the fossils of Lebanon. The whole experience is very interesting.
Parking is available and the museum is wheelchair accessible.
Written January 18, 2020
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Vincent N
Paris, France1 contribution
I had the privilege to join a private guided tour by the founder of this beautiful museum, Mr Salim Eddé. I cannot decide which was the most astonishing : the exhaustive collection of minerals or his extensive knowledge on the subject of minerals and geology.
I have visited several natural science museums, but none of their mineral departments can compete with the Mim Museum.
The smaller section dedicated to lebanese fossiles is worth visiting too.
If you are only interested in seeing beautiful minerals, 2 hours should be enough.
If you want to read the information or use the informative panels (and their very user-friendly interface), add an extra hour.
Written June 26, 2022
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. G
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK91 contributions
I can't recommend this highly enough it is brilliantly in every aspect. Even if you have no interest in minerals please take the time and ensure you visit the fantastic displays. The lighting and rooms are amazing. The crystals are beautiful and the phosphorescent crystal room s stunning. There were 2 visiting men with children in buggies and I was taken by how entranced they were by the displays. The video fossil film is also excellent. Any age group would be entertained and educated by that. To top it off we watched the crystal hunters film. Breathtaking! I've googled that again since I returned home and friends were amazed by it. The entry fee was quite small too to the museum. Please don't miss out on a great couple of hours.
Written March 4, 2020
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Sam W
Ireland6 contributions
Really well laid out museum with what seems like thousands of incredibly beautiful minerals. It's hard to believe these all exist naturally. The exhibit gives a good explanation of how they form, where they're located and how they are attained.
Written February 13, 2020
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tom m
Manchester, UK22 contributions
Family
A beautifully designed and well though out Museum. Fascinating and beautiful, also terrific value for money.

The fossil section is also very thought out and has a brilliant video presentation.

100% recommended.
Written January 13, 2020
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ZadaBH
Beirut, Lebanon26 contributions
Family
I never thought that there is such an outstanding museum in Beirut, which is easily accessible. It might take a full day to check all the available items. But you might also check it quickly for 2-3 hours. The best is the Evolution 10 minutes video, and the formation of the minerals across time, breathtaking !
Such a peaceful room (excellent music, nature music embedded in the video), you will forget about time during those 10 minutes.
An excellent place to pass by when visiting Beirut !
Written August 6, 2018
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Daniel T
Short Hills, NJ2 contributions
Solo
My name is Daniel Trinchillo and I am mineral collector and dealer in the United States. I have visited the mim museum in Beirut and the experience is mindboggling! The sheer quantity of both best of species and exceptional quality rarities of the mineral kingdom is STAGGERING!

I have been trading in the world finest minerals for the last 20 years and I can say no single collection in any museum or private collection in the world can compete with the assemblage on display at the mim. It is a must see while in Beirut, and is enough of a reason to make a journey there un-into its own. In a word - SPECTACULAR!
Written July 2, 2014
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abou-abed
Lyon, France31 contributions
Family
we were lucky we got a private visit by M. Edde himself that day
he explained the set up of MIM (history, gems story...) but please keep up going
families SHOULD bring their kids there
Written December 8, 2018
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Kamal N
Beirut, Lebanon59 contributions
Couples
The private Mim Mineral Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, has popular collections of mineral specimens on permanent display.
It is located on the Saint-Joseph university campus in Beirut.
The museum offers the most exquisite specimens; and displays a total of 1480 minerals (300 species) from 60 different countries, over 1300 m² (14,000 sq ft) of 9 galleries.
It is now considered to be one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals.
Also if you are in Beirut for a short stay and could not go to Byblos, MIM offer you the opportunity to see the most impressive & perfectly preserved fossils known to science.
Really it is a must see something you cannot make it in anywhere in the world.
For me it is a memorial gifts I offer it so often to relative and friends.
A real thanks to the founders and contributors to add to the glory of Lebanon such people are rare like the minerals and will be remembered for years to come.
Written May 23, 2017
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JuliaD_UK
Berkshire, UK111 contributions
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Wow wow wow. I am very glad i went to the Mineral Museum as their collection is stunning. Highly recommended even for those with no interest in rocks (see my photos!).

The museum is a short walk from the National Museum so the two are easily combined.
Written March 15, 2019
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