Museo dei Minerali Elbani


Useful Information

Location: In the town Rio Marina, in the Palazzo del Burò, close to the harbour.
Open: APR to JUN daily 9:30-12:30, 15:30-18:30.
JUL to AUG daily 9:30-12:30, 16:30-19:30.
SEP to OCT daily 9:30-12:30, 15:30-18:30.
[2020]
Fee: Museum: Adults EUR 2.50.
Hiking: Adults EUR 9, School Pupils EUR 8.
Mineral collecting: Per Person EUR 5.
Train: Adults EUR 12, Children (4-12) EUR 7.50, Children (0-3) free.
Groups: Adults EUR 10, School Pupils EUR 10.
Adventure: Adults EUR 18, Children (4-12) EUR 9.
[2020]
Classification: MineIron Mine MineFee Mining
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension:
Guided tours: Museum: self guided.
Hiking: D=3 h.
Mineral collecting: D=2 h.
Train: D=80 min.
Adventure:
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:
Address: Palazzo del Burò, Via Magenta 26, 57038 Rio Marina (LI), Tel: +39-0565-962088. E-mail:
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History

~1800 begin of mining at Cantiere Falcacci.
1860 begin of hematite mining at Cantiere Bacino.
1940 begin of mining at Cantiere Delle Conche.
1960 Cantiere Falcacci closed.
1960s begin of mining at Cantiere Valle Giove.
1970 Cantiere Delle Conche closed.
1979 Cantiere Bacino closed.
1980s Cantiere Valle Giove closed.

Geology


Description

The Museo dei Minerali Elbani (Museum of Elba Minerals), also named Museo Minerario di Rio Marina, is located inside the Palazzo del Burò. This building once hosted the Management of the Società concessionaria delle miniere dell’Elba. Today it hosts the archive of the closed mine and the museum. The museum has a collection of more than 1,000 minerals and rocks of extraordinary beauty. It also contains replicas of parts of the mine, like the workshop of the blacksmith and a mine tunnel with machinery and mining tools. The exhibit is completed by photographs and historic films of the mines at Rio Marina and Capoliveri.

Beneath the museum there is also the possibility to visit the Parco Minerario di Rio Marina. This is a huge open cast mining area at the northwest end of the town. The only way to enter this mine is with such a guided tour. As the site is very interesting for mineral collectors, one of the tours allows the collecting of minerals. The main minerals found on the site are quartz, elbaite, goethite, and white and green marble. All tours are available only for groups with reservation.

The Hiking tour is a visit by foot along the main roads. The visited mining sites are Cantiere Bacino, Cantiere Valle Giove, Cantiere Falcacci, and Cantiere Conche. The mineral collecting tour gives a short historic and geologic overview. Then the participants are allowed to collect minerals. The most common minerals are haematite and pyrite. The train ride is the third tour, intended primarily for people who are not able to walk long distances. A small tourist train carries the visitors to the Cantiere di Valle Giove, where they are allowed to collect some minerals. And finally there is the Adventure tour which includes a ride on the 8-seater VM90, an off-road military vehicle of the Italian army. The sites are the same, Cantiere Bacino, Cantiere Valle Giove, Cantiere Falcacci, and Cantiere Conche.