Department of Mineralogy and Petrology

Hungarian Natural History Museum
Department of Mineralogy and Petrology

  • Visitors’ address: Budapest VIII., Ludovika tĂ©r 2.
  • Postal address: 1431 Budapest, Pf.: 137
  • Phone: (+36 1) 210 1075/2102 ext.
  • Fax: (+36 1) 210 1086
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Brief history

The separate Department of Mineralogy and Petrology was founded in 1939 but the history of its collections goes back to the first years of the 19th century. Minerals and rocks were presented soon after the foundation of the National Széchényi Library (1802) to the new national collection, the first recorded donation (1803) was a collection of minerals and rocks from Countess Julianna Széchényi, née Countess Festetics, wife of the founder of the national collection.

Research field

Research fields of the Department of Mineralogy and Petrology are, as a matter of course, mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry. Prior to the 1950s descriptive mineralogy and morphological crystallography were the leading fields of interest, whereas petrography and petrology have been prevailing since then. Follow the link for a brief review of the research area.

Collection of minerals and ore samples
Collection of rocks
Collection of meteorites
Bauxite collection
Historical rock and ore collection of JĂłzsef SzabĂł