Meteorites – A Journey Through Time and Space
EXHIBITIONHoly rocks, the faeces of the gods or a warning of doomsday – meteorites have always been ascribed mysterious and divine properties. But they also possess huge scientific value and provide invaluable information about our solar system and the origin of life. Meteorites will be the centre of attention in the upcoming exhibition at the Geological Museum. It will feature the vast knowledge that meteorites contain and the amazing stories that surround them. There will be an abundance of experiences for all ages, and for both beginners and experts.
- The Agpalilik Meteorite: the most amazing, iconic meteorite in the collection of the Natural History Museum of Denmark will welcome you in the courtyard outside the Geological Museum. Agpalilik weighed 20 tons when it was found by the Danish scientist Vagn Fabritius Buchwald in North West Greenland in 1963.
Black Beauty: a beautiful, rare meteorite from Mars, which, thanks to research carried out by the Centre for Star and Planet Formation, has provided us with new knowledge about the likelihood of early life on the now barren planet.
Smell – Listen – Feel – See: Experience meteorites with all your senses. You will even get a unique opportunity to actually touch a piece of the Moon and a piece of Mars.
The Ensisheim Meteorite: the first meteorite whose fall was documented. In 1492, in the town of Ensisheim, a miracle occurred, when a rock, accompanied by thunder, fell from the sky and was found in a field by a little boy. In the exhibition, you can see a fragment of this historic meteorite.
The Ejby Meteorite: the largest meteorite fall in the history of Denmark occurred in February 2016 and weighed a total of almost 9 kg. Together, the lucky people who found the meteorites received approximately DKK 2 million by way of reward from the Danekræ scheme, which has ensured that all meteorite fragments now belong to the Natural History Museum of Denmark’s collection.
Open until 30. August 2020
Øster Voldgade 5-7,
1350 Copenhagen K
Opening hours and admission:
Activities and events
Learn how to recognize a meteorite, create your own meteorite crater or play a game of bingo and learn more about the stones from sky.
Thank you to:
Original exhibition designed and set up by the Muséum national d‘histoire naturelle (France), adapted by the Natural History Museum of Denmark.
UN Global Goals
The Natural History Museum of Denmark works to further the UN Global Goals for sustainable development. The exhibit Meteorites – a journey through time and space supports: