Museum of Mineralogy and Petrology

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More than 500 rocks and minerals 3000 are presented on four floors.

Numerous minerals are also stored in the state and are available to researchers.

The field of petrography of the museum, the ground floor has large rocks that characterize lithological families.
You will see this:
- The pegmatite,
- Granites of different regions,
- A serpentine (hydrated alumina silicate) of the Urals (Russia)
- A block of purple Fluorite,
- Volcanic bombs,
- the cinerites,
- The limestone fossil,
- A curious petrified wood from the Decazeville coal
- A splendid slab of chalcedony (quartz fiber) ...

The first floor is reserved for its minerals and metal ores.
You will see:
- The native copper,
- Aluminum,
- Beautiful cinnabar (sulphide) that characterize mercury,
- Very nice galena (sulphide),
- The cerusites (carbonate),
- The pyromorphites (phosphate),
- The blendes (zinc sulphide),
- The smithsonites (carbonate),
- The hydrozincites (carbonate),
- Many examples of Bismuth,
- Tin,
- The azurites (hydrogen carbonate),
- Malachite (hydrogen carbonate),
- Chalcopyrite (sulfide),
- Nickel sets ("dunites" and "harzburgite"), Cobalt and Chrome ...
- Fine Corwall cassiterite (oxide),
- Tungsten,
- Molybdenum,
- Arsenic,
- Antimony, ...

5 avenue de la Liberation
87240 Ambazac

Ambazac is at 21km away from Limoges in the Northeast.

From Limoges, take the D914 towards Rilhac-Rancon then to Ambazac.

From the highway A20, take the exit 26, turn East towards Ambazac.

N 45°57'30'', E 01°24'03''

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The opening schedule of the museum is available by clicking here.

Disclaimer : The management team of the destination has the possibility to change the opening days and hours without prior communication.

Access to the museum is suitable for people with reduced mobility (slopes and lift).

The museum organizes sales of minerals and postcards.
Discovery animations are also available.

The museum is fairly recent, since its construction follows an agreement between the city and the CEA (French Atomic Commission).
The reason is explained here:
Numerous samples from all over the world were gathered by CIPRA (International Centre for Education in Prospecting and Exploitation of Radioactive Minerals Industry) when the uranium mining industry was at its strongest, to train technicians this industry.
When this activity began to decline in France, the Mining Division The Crouzille stopped the work in 1997 and and Collections (10,000 pieces) risked of being dispersed.
The museum was then initiated to keep these rich collections.
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