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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2018 16:49    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Last week, I decided to take a weekend break in search for some winter sunshine and ended up visiting the Eastward Look show in Beirut - namely the MIM museum.
I had already visited the MIM twice and wanted to see what Salim Eddé had added to his collection over the past 2 years.
I was not disappointed - I confirm that Salim has been quite active adding more fabulous specimens to his already exceptional collection. Some display cases have been reshuffled in the process but the cherry on the cake is the Lebanese fossils exhibition which provides a theatrical experience rather like a sound and light show.



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Had a stroll on the corniche overlooking the Mediterranean. Those limestone outcrops are the famous Pigeon Rocks, a prime selfie territory and a Beirut landmark.
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Fishermen at sunset, along the corniche.
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Still on the corniche, looking east. The snow-capped mountain in the background is the mount Sannine.
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The famous Lebanon cedar tree was widely used in the construction of ancient temples, palaces and seagoing vessels. If you have no time to go and admire them in their natural environment, a nice artistic replica is available in the Sursock museum.
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Stibnite from China
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Fluorite from China
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Galena
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Bournonite from China
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Fluorite
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Fluorite
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Fluorite
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Wulfenite
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Phosphophyllite - just in case one is not enough you can see three of them...
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A few beryls with a monster in the middle...
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More beryls...
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2018 17:21    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

The visit is not over yet...


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Opals floating in the space
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That aqua specimen... what can I say?
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Not sure what these green crystals are...
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More beryls
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Siderite (French locality as far as I remember, but which one?)
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Quartz scepters
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Spodumene - magnifying glass not needed
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Malachite
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Hambergite
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Gypsum (Brazil?)
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Aragonite
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Rubies
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Anglesite
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Blue barite from Morocco
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Barite (From Saint-Laurent-le-Minier?)
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2018 17:43    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Fiebre Verde wrote:
The visit is not over yet...


I believe that "barite" in IMG_5369 is actually a siderite, probably from the Vizille area in Isere (France)

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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2018 17:53    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

And the last set... but not the last trip!


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Scheelite
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Hubnerite from Peru
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Never saw malachite crystallized like that... this is a truly fascinating specimen
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I had privatized the museum :-)
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In this section minerals are sorted by continent
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The treasure's room with some big green minerals in the foreground
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Shortsighted people have not been forgotten...
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An interactive map is available with the key localities for each country represented in the MIM
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2018 17:59    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Kevin Schofield wrote:
Fiebre Verde wrote:
The visit is not over yet...


I believe that "barite" in IMG_5369 is actually a siderite, probably from the Vizille area in Isere (France)

... and I believe you are right! I lost my mind after having seen so many world-class specimens over a very very short period of time. Thanks for correcting me Kevin.
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PostPosted: Feb 07, 2018 18:08    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Fiebre Verde wrote:
Kevin Schofield wrote:
Fiebre Verde wrote:
The visit is not over yet...


I believe that "barite" in IMG_5369 is actually a siderite, probably from the Vizille area in Isere (France)

... and I believe you are right! I lost my mind after having seen so many world-class specimens over a very very short period of time. Thanks for correcting me Kevin.


Mineral blindness. Fortunately can be cured by indulging in some excellent Lebanese red wine...

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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2018 03:16    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

If I ever get to visit this splendid museum, I will have to stay for a week or 2 to take it all in. It must be an overwhelming experience. Thanks to all who have shared their visits.
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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2018 03:54    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Corrected

Fiebre Verde wrote:
Kevin Schofield wrote:
Fiebre Verde wrote:
The visit is not over yet...


I believe that "barite" in IMG_5369 is actually a siderite, probably from the Vizille area in Isere (France)

... and I believe you are right! I lost my mind after having seen so many world-class specimens over a very very short period of time. Thanks for correcting me Kevin.
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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2018 06:31    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Kevin Schofield wrote:

Mineral blindness. Fortunately can be cured by indulging in some excellent Lebanese red wine...

Mineral blindness is a real risk when visiting the MIM the way I did.
As for your suggestion on how to overcome this, Lebanese red wine is just one of the many curative treatments available locally.
I found it tastes even better when combined with the Lebanese mezze food!

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If I ever get to visit this splendid museum, I will have to stay for a week or 2 to take it all in. It must be an overwhelming experience. Thanks to all who have shared their visits.

Absolutely Pierre – this is a special place and not just because it’s totally unexpected in a country where museums are not part of the culture (yet).
I have never met Salim Eddé but when browsing his collection you quickly realize that he is not (only) driven by aesthetic, size, or any specific thematic criteria.
He has a scientific approach to mineral collecting. All minerals, even the most obscure ones deserve to be on display (And believe me, there are quite a few of those…).
His collection – now a museum – is actually a construction in progress.

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Fiebre Verde wrote:
Kevin Schofield wrote:
Fiebre Verde wrote:
The visit is not over yet...


I believe that "barite" in IMG_5369 is actually a siderite, probably from the Vizille area in Isere (France)

... and I believe you are right! I lost my mind after having seen so many world-class specimens over a very very short period of time. Thanks for correcting me Kevin.

Thanks for correcting James – am sure that will also make Salim happy!
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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2018 13:17    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

thank you a lot for sharing these photos of such treasures.
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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2018 13:33    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Philippe Durand wrote:
thank you a lot for sharing these photos of such treasure.

It's my pleasure to share this experience with the members of this forum!
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PostPosted: Mar 19, 2018 13:11    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

There were more pictures left in my camera.
And, oh yes, if you plan to take photos in the MIM, bring a wide angle lens. Could be useful!



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Chinese Calcite - a solid 40cm high
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Apatite from Panasqueira
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Apatite on Muscovite from Pakistan
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Väyrynenite from Pakistan
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Spodumene from Afghanistan
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Spodumene from Afghanistan - Construction in progress?
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Euclase from Gachalá - One of my favorite specimens of the MIM
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Gypsum from Spain
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Calcite from China
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A couple of Beryl crystals from Brazil
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Gypsum from Morocco
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PostPosted: Sep 02, 2018 11:18    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

A small, small world...

Last Friday, while helping out at my friend's little mineral and jewellery shop for a couple of hours, a customer selected a small and inexpensive, but nevertheless very fine local specimen and asked a few questions about it. So we started talking a bit, unfortunately in English, where I am not too good :-(
As far as I understood, it was one of his first mineral purchases, if not the first ever! Therefore I was even more impressed by his excellent taste.

And now guess where the guy was from - BEIRUT!!!
I asked him immediately, whether he had already visited the MIM Museum and expressed my deep regret, that one of the world's very finest mineral collections is so far away - at least for me.

He had not even heard of it - unbelievable!

I am quite confident, MIM will have quite soon a new visitor ;-))
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PostPosted: Sep 13, 2022 13:29    Post subject: Re: MIM Visitors' Book  

Jordi is right, as almost always...


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PostPosted: Sep 13, 2022 14:59    Post subject: Chemistry at the MIM  

I absolutely love the mineral collection at MIM. Salim Edde is a first-rate gentleman.

My partner was very touched by Salim’s genuine interest in his scientific collections – related to minerals – but more about the contents of minerals themselves. I am speaking of course about the chemical elements – the building block of minerals. Salim was most interested in element displays that are just not seen anywhere in any Museum anywhere in the world. These cannot be bought and each is a true work of art by its creator - my partner.

The problem my partner sees about the display of the chemical elements in many scientific institutions is the generic manner in which the elements are presented. They are always presented in the standard periodic table format, which is just the Chemists’ version of the periodic table. A Physicist would display the elements perhaps in terms of Quantum mechanics taking into account spin and orbital angular momentum quantum numbers. Both display formats do not create the visual impact that is needed in a Museum setting.

Some of the highlights of my partner’s collection is a 250 ml sample of elemental Bromine (99.99%) sealed under vacuum in a borosilicate glass flask. It looks like blood – and the visual impact is outstanding. Some other highlights include a full set of the Rare Earth Elements. The set contains a 1 kilogram sample of Europium.
Another highlight is a 12 troy ounce rod of 99.9% Rhodium. Luckily the rod was purchased when the price of Rhodium was slightly less than that of Gold. There are many more highlights too.

You can buy sets of the chemical elements from some suppliers but these sets lack true artistic flair. There is one company that installs standard periodic table but it would be cheaper to hire a good (local) cabinet maker and put the samples in the pigeon holes yourself. True artistic flair guided by science is rare.

Unfortunately many mineral collectors have little interest in collecting the chemical elements, perhaps for the reasons I have given. I hope Salim will deviate from this path.
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