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Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth) Tours
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Along Beirut’s aptly-coined 'museum mile' is a real gem of a collection, housed at the Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth) 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 Mim 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.
Address: Damascus St. at Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
Hours: Tues–Sun 10am–1pm, 2–6pm
Admission: 6,000 LP
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth)
Discover Beirut’s Green Line, which divided the city’s two biggest religious groups during the civil war, on a self-guided audio tour. Using GPS-triggered audio on your smartphone, hear the stories behind the conflict while taking in fascinating historic sites. With so much to see along the way, you’ll enjoy the flexibility to set your own pace, stopping as often as you’d like.
Beirut is home to some of Lebanon's most important museums but it’s impossible to cram them all into one day. This private full-day tour checks off three of the best – the National Museum, the Mim Museum, and the Banque du Liban, as well as a walking tour of Hamra Street. Hotel pickup and entrance fees are included.
With over 5,000 years of history, Beirut boasts some spectacular museums. But you don’t have to brave Lebanese traffic or complicated taxis to discover them. This small-group guided door-to-door tour takes in history and archaeology at the National Museum of Beirut, ancient and modern currencies at the Banque du Liban Museum, a world-class mineral collection at the Mim Mineral Museum, and the Nicolas Sursock Museum, an art-filled mansion.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth) hours of operation?
Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth) hours of operation: Tues–Sun 10am–1pm, 2–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth)?
The best ways to experience Mim Mineral Museum Beirut (Mim Musée des Minéraux Beyrouth) are:
- One Hour Self-guided Audio Tour of the Green Line by VoiceMap
- Beirut 3 museums + mini walking tour
- Private Tour: Museums of Beirut Day Trip
- Beirut 4 Museums (full day)
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