The Show was over, but not ours mineralogical adventures. While we were in Munich, Dr. Rupert Hochleitner showed us exhibition of Museum Reich der Kristalle.

The Museum Reich der Kristalle is the publicly accessible part of the Mineralogischen Staatssammlung (State Mineralogical Collection). Part of the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns, the Museum is part of the arts-complex on the former site of the Türkenkaserne barracks.

Gibeon (Meteorit), Namibia, 285 gr.


Pyrit (Tribhylin).


Hurealulith, Jahnist, Lauerit, Rockbridgeit.


Zinkblende Zns, Elmwood, Tennessee, USA.


And the culmination of our German program was the exhibition «200 YEARS OF HERZÖGE VON LEUCHTENBERG» in the Ministry of Finance in Munich. It has become a kind of link between Russia, Germany and ... minerals.

Maximilian Joseph Eugene Auguste Napoleon de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg, Prince Romanowsky (2 October 1817 Munich – 1 November 1852 St.Petersburg), was the husband of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna of Russia and first cousin of Emperors Napoleon III of the French and Francis Joseph I of Austria. He was a grandson of Napoleon I's first wife, the Empress Josephine, by her prior marriage to Alexandre de Beauharnais.

The coat of arms of the Duke of Leuchtenberg on the harness.


Dr. Ruper Hochleitner tells Ludmila Cheshko about the exhibits.



Family tree of Leuchtenbergs.


The part of minerals collection of the Duke of Leuchtenberg.


It was really interesting! Thank you, Rupert!