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Moscow mindat tour

Last Updated: 3rd Sep 2017

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

Our group has a day in Moscow before we leave tomorrow for Kola. First stop, Moscow State University. Let's take the metro.

The 'new' building of MSU built in 1953

Famous Russian geologist Lomonosov.

The central tower.

And into the geology museum.

View of the Moscow skyline from 28th floor

Charoite cabinet.

Large foliated potassium salt (carnallite)

Igneous rocks

Neat geological model.

A basalt/dolerite containing native iron.

Lots of unusual Russian rock types. This eudialyte rich pegmatite is hopefully something we will see in the field over the next few days.

Wiulyite in skarn

We are getting a very good guided tour.

Another unusual alkali pegmatite from Kola this time containing Villiaumite.

Statue of Charles Darwin.

Large sedimentary Agata from Moscow region.

Geological timeline.

Cabinet of impactites

Tree section from Tunguska showing the ring from the 1908 comet impact.

Tagamite impactite from Yakutia.

Impact display.

Globe of the moon signed by Neil Armstrong.

Peter Pallas, for whom the Pallasite class of meteorites is named.

Down one floor to the mineral collection!


62.7kg Ukrainian Topaz

Kimberlite indicator minerals.

Phlogopite from Sludyanka

Russian gem material display.

Spangolite from Kazakhstan

Some banded sphalerite/galena ores from Altai. Not exactly schalenblende but close.

Ehlite from Urals

Hematite from Urals.

Admiring the minerals.

Quartz and silica specimens.

Malachite from Urals. This piece was found 1959

Now on 4th floor looking at a teaching display in the geochemistry Mineralogy department

Some of the minerals we will find in Kola

Kirill showing us where we are going on the big geological map.

And now we are about to enter the famous Fersman Mineralogical Museum.

Most important museum employee.

The galaries


Huge Sikhote-Alinskii meteorite - 1745kg. Fell 12/Feb/1947

The very first Pallasite found 1749

Chunk of Meteorite embedded in tree from expedition to recover pieces from the Sikhote-Alinskii fall.

Yes. I know you're waiting for it, I won't keep you in suspense any more. Here is the atacamite mouse.

Urals beryl :)

A lump of magnetite embedded in metal plates used by Lomonosov in the 1700s during his work on natural magnetism. The hook which is only held by the magnetism of the magnetite can hold up to 2.5kg.

Large charoite

Some of the systematic display.



Ok choose an odd mineral and post the name in comments below. If I'm still here and they have it I'll post a photo!

Just to get things started, Popovite.

Weardale fluorite

Huge danburite from dalnegorsk.

Celestine from Kazakhstan

Dalnegorsk fluorite

Millerite from the Urals


Another big topaz!

Russian tourmaline

Another of the Celestines from Kazakhstan

Beryl, anyone?

Closeup from above display.

Some of the most exceptional Russian minerals.

Urals emerald.

Incredible Kongsberg silver which was a gift to Peter the Great

Type locality crocoite

Another of the large topaz crystals from Volodarsk, Ukraine

A fluorite cabinet

Back in Moscow after Kola at the Vernadsky mineral museum.

Fabulous display of Russian malachite collected by Count Rumyantzev in 1800s


More Malachite.


Systematic gallery.

Matlockite from Derbyshire, England.

Big malachite


Hydroboracite from Kazakhstan.

Central cabinet with larger pueves

In Russian museums specimens are not cleaned and prepared to the same extremes that they are in the west. They are regarded as teaching objects so they remain mostly as they were collected.

Large Slyudyanka lazurite.

Kola hydrotalcite

Vanadinite from Kazakhstan.


Geological tour of the Moscow Metro

Rhodonite pillars at Mayakovskaya station

Ceiling mosaic

Red limestone from Georgia at Krasnopresnenskaya station.

Komsomolskaya station.

Obligatory Lenin statue

Stone mosaic using various rocks, jaspers etc.

Another beautiful mosaic made with at least 15 different minerals and rocks.

Now a visit to the mineral shop where a special show is arranged. And Ludmila is here!

Private mineral collection

Dmitry Lisitsin has some minerals to pet us.

Rare stuff!

We are being hosted by the Mineral shop Kristallov.net

Looking at minerals for sale

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Thanks Jolyon.

I wonder if they have some schalenblende specimens in the displays. Would be nice to see some of them as there are non from the " after the iron curtain " countries on Midat.

Have fun.


Paul De Bondt
22nd Aug 2017 10:39am
I just love the oddballs: atacamite mouse and the chunk of meteorite embedded in tree from Sikhote-Alinskii!

Thanks for showing

Matt Courville
22nd Aug 2017 2:19pm

What is the locality of those BIG topaz crystals?

Ron Werner

The Evje og Hornnes geomuseum, Fennefoss
22nd Aug 2017 3:54pm
Evje the large topaz are probably from this location: https://www.mindat.org/loc-11331.html

Location is called Volodarsk-Volynskii (Volodars'k-Volyns'kyy; Wolodarsk-Wolynskii), Zhytomyr Oblast' (Zhitomir Oblast'), Ukraine

Scott Rider
22nd Aug 2017 6:20pm
So nice of you to document the trip. Great to see the various places where I know we will not be able to go.
Thanks for your postings.

Rolf Luetcke
23rd Aug 2017 1:10pm
Thanks Scott for the information!

The Evje og Hornnes geomuseum, Fennefoss
30th Aug 2017 3:02pm

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