#21 Museo Geominero

My name is Óscar Menéndez and I would like to adopt the Museo Geominero.

Keko Geominero

T rex skull cast at Museo Geominero (Photograph by Óscar Menéndez)

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I live in Madrid. I’m a science communicator and love museums about science and knowledge. As a professional I used to work for museums (though I never worked for Museo Geominero and probably never will!). As an individual person and as a father I love visiting museums. I’m the owner of Explora Proyectos, a Spanish company devoted to science communication.

Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
‘El Museo Geominero’, which could be translated into English as ‘Geological and Mining Museum’, is located in downtown Madrid, near Rios Rosas underground station. It belongs to the Spanish Geological and Mining Institute, a public research facility from the Spanish Government (Science Ministry). The entrance is free and it’s open all year round from 9:00 to 14:00 (closing on December 24th, 25th, 31st, January 1st, 6th).

Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
I love small museums and this is a hidden treasure in Madrid. Its building is worth a visit itself: the inside lighting comes from a nice overhead glass roof. You can step up to the first, second and third floors (actually like interior corridors than floors) by using old fashioned spiral staircases. My son Keko grew up in this museum. Since he was almost a baby he fell in love with the replica of the head of a Tyranosaurus rex. We used to go there just to have a walk, to sit and enjoy the atmosphere… you can do it even you have just a few minutes free.

Why would you recommend people visit?
Museo Geominero is not a place to spend all day long, but it’s a nice one to be at for an hour or even half an hour. Just go there for a walk to perceive its atmosphere of calm, to look at minerals and rocks from all over Spain and some fossils. ‘El Geominero’ is an old school museum, not that kind of science centre with plenty of electronical devices. Here you’ll find rocks and more rocks, fossils and so on… and a fantastic atmosphere of a XIXth century museum. It’s free and open almost everyday. It’s located in Chamberí, one of the most typical Madrid neighborhoods: a few meters from the museum you’ll find nice bars with tapas. I do not need anything else to visit it.

How would you sum up your museum in three words?
calm, old-fashioned, rocks

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