There will be several different exhibitions to visit during the 2021 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.
Calcite is one of the most common minerals found in the Earth's crust and is present in most geological environments. It is the material of which the shells and skeletons of many living organisms are made, and it is the main component of many sedimentary rocks, such as limestone and dolomites. Calcite is characterized by the greatest (over 800!) Variety of crystallographic forms (i.e. crystal shapes) among all minerals. Pure calcite is colorless or white, but due to various admixtures it can appear in all possible colors. The most spectacular specimens of calcite are stunning in form and color and are sought after by collectors all over the world.
Tarnobrzeg sulfur - a sunken treasure
The "Machów" Sulfur Mine, located near Tarnobrzeg, was for decades one of the main sources of mineralogical specimens in Poland. Honey celestines and blue barites, growing on sulfur or calcite, are the canon of Polish mineralogy. Unfortunately, in the 1990s, the mine was flooded and turned into a large lake, and the specimens derived from it became “historical.” The exhibition will present over 100 top-class specimens from Machów, and it will be the first exhibition of this type in history.
The best polish morions
On November 15, 2019, in the granite quarry in Borów (near Strzegom), during the mining operation, an unusual cavern was found, lined with large black quartz crystals - morion, with an unusual luster. Thanks to the cooperation with the owners of the quarry, the cavern was excavated almost entirely, in several large, multi-ton blocks. After an arduous preparation process, a number of spectacular specimens were created, of a quality unknown so far in Poland. The most beautiful of them can be seen at the exhibition during the Crystal Days in Lubań.
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 2021 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.
Travels with copper
exhibition for the 60th anniversary of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. Multimedia, games, intresting facts, a trip to the underground mine - on the occasion of the 60th anniversary, KGHM has prepared a unique mobile exhibition about the past and future of Polish Copper. Visitors will see films about mines, copper smelters and ore enrichment plants in the Copper Basin. The attraction will be imitations of silver and gold bars and copper granules. It will be allowed to touch the exhibits and even checked how much they weight. Also there will be lot’s of intresting facts about the “red metal” and other raw materials. We can reveal that viewers will find out, among other things, what the copper anode has to do with the Sigismund's bell in the Wawel Cathedral.
Information about other exhibitions is coming soon!
Interviews with collectors
Exhibitions will be open from Friday from 12.00 until Sunday 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