Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona


Science Scientific departments Mineralogy

The Mineralogy collection contains more than 25.000 specimens that cover the basic needs of research, exhibition and documentation.

It is managed on the basis of a single register and two functionally separate sub-collections:

  • General collection: consisting of hand-sized or macro specimens, it includes the most representative collections in the history of the Museum and constitutes the collection’s richest resource. It is the primary source of exhibition specimens. At present it consists of 19.295 registered items, to which will be added the approximately 7.191 items from the Masoliver collection recently accessioned by the Museum. Containing over 1,000 well identified species, it is an excellent representation of specimens from typical locations.
  • Micromounts collection-laboratory: this consists of small mineralogical specimens, or micromounts, which require prior mounting and magnification (20X to 60X) for proper viewing.
  • Staff
  • Projects
  • Publications

Museum staff

External staff

  • Susana Duque, mineralogy documentalist


  • Carles Curto: preparation of the catalog of type localities of micromounts collection

Two main projects are linked to the growth and viability of the collection.

  • The general collection is the image of the Museum, which is why the Mineralogy Section has presented a project of expansion aimed at filling the most important voids with quality specimens. This line of increase in resources could be solved through patronage agreements.
  • A second, more ambitious project is the expansion of the micromounts collection-laboratory, which has great growth potential based on its scientific potential and its value as a repository for documentation on mineral geodiversity.

Research projects

  • Sustainability, geodiversity and knowledge of the environment (2005-2015): based on the micromounts collection-laboratory. The aim is to provide the maximum precision in mineralogical and geographical data and to set standards of documentary quality as the basis for future articles, presentations and publications, whether in-house or external.


  • Werschky, S. & Curto, C., 2014. Gold for Collectors. Lithographie Ltd. East Hampton, Connecticut, USA.

  • Curto, C., Menor Salván, C. & Fabre, J., 2014. Panasqueira: Neufunde und Neubestimmungen. Lapis Mineralien Magazin, 39(7/8): 54-62.

  • Curto, C. & Fabre, J., 2014. Panasqueira mines. 2014. The Mineralogical Record, 18(1): 70-81.

  • Curto, C. & Fabre, J., 2013. The Panasqueira mines: one hundred years of fluorapatite (a Apatite. The great pretender). Lithographie LTD, 17: 70-81.

  • Melgarejo, J. C., Campeny, M., Sanz, J., Curto, C. & Viñals, J., 2010. Los minerales de colección como recurso económico en países en vías de desarrollo. Bol. Soc. Geol. Mexicana, 62(1): 55-100.

  • Curto, C., 2010. The Jordi Fabre mineral collection, Barcelona, Spain. Rocks & Minerals, 84(6): 530-542.

  • Curto, C., 2010. La Viesca 2010: El renaixement d’un gran clàssic, la fluorita. Mineralogistes de Catalunya, 9(4): 22-23.

  • Curto, C., 2010. Presentació. In: Nomenclàtor de les Espècies Minerals (J. L. Garrido & J. M. Ybarra). Grup Mineralògic Català.

  • List of all the publications of the Department