There will be 6 different exhibitions to visit during the 2019 Crystal Days in Lubań (short descriptions below). The exhibitions will be presented at the Regional Museum in the Lubań City Hall and the historic Bracka Tower and will include a few thousands of unique specimens from Polish and foreign collectors.
Calcites from Grabiszyce
A few years ago, two mineral explorers from Lubań – Łukasz Tekiela and Piotr Lejczak explored the basalt quarry in nearby Grabiszyce. They found outstanding yellow and orange calcites there. At the beginning, the finders did not realize that this discovery would be one of the most important mineralogical finds of recent years in Poland. In a few years, excellent class specimens were extracted there, currently recognized as the best calcites known from Poland. The best of the specimens found in Grabiszyce can be seen at special exhibition at the Town Hall.
Agates of the worldfrom Hannes Holzman’s collection. (Austria)
There will be presented hundreds of the most spectacular agates from Hannes Holzmann’s collection, which has been enlarging for 30 years. Hans Holzmann created one of the best agate collection in the world which you can count in thousands of specimens. On the exhibition you might expect outstanding colors and patterns in natural masterpieces. Moreover, during Crystal Days visitors will have a chance to meet Hans and talk with him about his passion.
Minerals of the West SudetesExhibition by the Regional Museum in Lubań
This exhibition, showing the mineralogical abundance of the West Sudetes including the region of Lubań, will be presented in Bracka Tower. There will be over 500 mineral specimens on display in 18 cabinets with quartz, calcite, fluorite as well as agates and unique Fe quartz specimens from the region of Jelenia Góra, and recently discovered high quality calcites from a basalt quarry in Leśna near Lubań. This exhibition will be prepared by the Regional Museum in Lubań and will become the museum’s permanent collection.
The competition exhibitions
During the 2019 Crystal Days, a competition for the best exhibition from private collectors will take place. The private collectors will display their showcases with their selected minerals under a chosen exhibition theme. The international jury will then evaluate the quality of specimens as well as their visual arrangements and the contents. For the public participation, visitors will vote for their favorite showcases and the collectors will receive audience awards and also valuable prizes. There will be abundant of specimens of gemstones, agates and rare minerals displayed in this exhibition from Poland as well as abroad.
One of the main attractions of GEOzone in 2019 will be the unique, huge, meteorite “Memors” from Poland, weighing 261 kg! This giant found in Morasko is one of the biggest known meteorites from Europe. The Morasko meteorite belongs to the group of iron meteorites, it consists mainly of iron (93%) and nickel 6.5%). It fell between 4100 and 2700 BC, near Poznań, and was discovered in 1914. The “Memors” was excavated in 2012. Meteorite “Memors” will be presented at the educational stand of Museum of the Earth at Adam Mickiewicz University (in cooperation with Jakub Sauermann).
Information about other exhibitions is coming soon!
Interviews with collectors
Exhibitions will be open from Thursday (4th of July) at 16.00 until 19.00 and from Friday (5th of July) from 10.00 until Sunday (7th of July) until 19.00,
Admission to all exhibitions is free of charge,
“The competition exhibitions” will be presented in the City Hall building (NOTE! 3 various entrances),
The exhibition "Minerals of the West Sudetes" will be presented in a park near the Tower.
Location of Crystal Days Exhibitions