Along Beirut’s aptly-coined 'museum mile' is a real gem of a collection, housed at the Mim Mineral Museum on the Saint Joseph University campus. Featuring local engineer Salim Edde’s private collection of more than 1,400 minerals, the museum showcases precious stones from around the world, attracting chemists, collectors and enthusiasts alike.
With a tour of the museum, you’ll see over 300 different minerals from more than 60 countries and learn about mineral formation and history from various interactive screens. The minerals are organized by room, with radioactive elements found in the main exhibit and more precious pieces like gold, silver, emerald, ruby and topaz displayed in the treasure room.
Considered to be one of the most impressive private collections of minerals in the world, the Mim makes for a great stop on a tour of Beirut museums, and is a must-do for those with even a passing interest in precious stones.
A visit here is best enjoyed combined with a trip to the National Museum, Banque Du Liban Museum and a walk down Hamra Street on a day tour of Beirut museums. If not arriving as part of a tour, the museum can be reached by taxi or by foot.
Did You Know? The Mim Mineral Museum gets its name from the 24th letter of the Arabic alphabet; it is the first letter of the Arabic words for museum, mineral and mining.