The Museum Of Land Sciences
The Museum of Land Sciences of the University of Siena collects the cartographic, geological, mineralogical, petrografiche, paleontological and anthropological collections present since the 1960s of the twentieth century in the Institute of Geology and Paleontology (now becoming a department of physical sciences, of the earth and Environment). Over the years, the collections have been organized and integrated with educational samples and museums of fossils, minerals and rocks to reach, as a whole, some thousand units. Among these, we find a significant collection of ornamental rocks with slabs of rocks even large and numerous teaching and interactive subsidies.
Among the peculiarities of the museum, in the mineralogical section, some great samples must be highlighted: a crystal of barside of over 50 cm long that represents a worldwide primacy for the museum, being the largest of this species until now found. And again, two large sulfur champions from the Sicilian mines, a sample of botroidal malachite of the former Congo and a quartz crystal, with including Shorlite crystals, coming from Brazil.
The development of recent years has allowed the Museum of Land Sciences of Siena to assume, in addition to the institutional value, also a popular role in favor of the external public, consisting of a significant teaching offer. In fact, among the activities, the commitment to enhance the relevant geo-mineralogical interest and research and conservation of the mineralogical heritage of Tuscany and in particular the province of Siena emerge.