Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
Quartiere Tiburtino (Roma est)
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Presso l'edificio di Mineralogia della Città Universitaria
The Museum of Mineralogy was founded in 1804 by Pope Pious the Seventh as the Museum of Mineralogy and Natural Historyat the old Sapienza University. It is the most ancient Museum of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical, and Natural Sciences: its collections have generated the Museum of Geology (1864) and the Museum of Palaeontology (1928). The first core of the collection was created by Pious the Seventh’s purchase of the collection of the Veronese mineralogist Camillo Chierici, consisting of minerals from all over Europe and India. Afterwards Pious the Ninth added the important and numerous collection of Monsignor Lavinio de’ Medici Spada. In 1935 the Museum was moved to its current location. After alternate events that involved yielding collections and successively acquiring new ones, today the mineralogical collection counts 30,000 pieces among topazes, emeralds, precious stones, and meteorites. The volcanic collection of Latium deserves a special mention.