MUSEO MINERALOGICO, PALEONTOLOGICO E DELLA ZOLFARA SEBASTIANO MOTTURA
A new structure, recently opened, currently hosts, in Viale della Ragione, the Mineralogical, Paleontological Museum of the Zolfara Sebastiano Mottura, best known as Museo mineralogico di Caltanissetta, that was previously located inside the nearby Istituto Minerario Mottura. Its walls enclose a rich collection of minerals and fossils, together with a permanent exhibition dedicated to Sicily’s sulphur technology. Inside, one can feel the charm of the glistening of approximately five thousand minerals, among which a precious aragonite, which inspired the architectures of the new museum, stands out. The Museum’s collection has been compared to a family album of the Earth, with its magnificent minerals coming from all over the world: amber, amethyst, gold, pyrite, aquamarine, emeralds, malachite, beryl, sulphur crystals and much more. Next to the mineral collection, we must also point out the importance of the collection of fossils: a sample of Ammonite Arietites from the Jurassic stands out among models, scale models, miniatures and remains related to the sulphur mines and the mining civilisation. The peculiar history of Caltanissetta, world capital of the sulphur between the 19th and the 20th Century is, indeed, narrated by the museum that, every year in September, hosts the thirty-year old world famous Borsa – scambio del minerale e del fossile , followed by specialists from all over the world.
I.I.S.S. "Sebastiano Mottura"
Viale della Regione 71, 93100 Caltanissetta
Open from Monday to Saturday from 09.00 am to 01.00 pm
Phone: 0934 591280 Fax: 0934556662
Access for people with disabilities
Reserved and free parking