On Sunday, 28 September 2014, the MiMa celebrates its 25th anniversary. 1989 it began as a mining and mineral museum. In 2010, the museum was expanded and now includes in addition to the minerals of the Black Forest interactive mathematical installations. The museum is open on Sunday from 13 clock with free admission.
(06.06.2014) Kultur im MiMa: Due to popular demand, Manfred Lettau gives his special talk "On the life of a mine worker" once again. You will get insights into his education in a coal mine, mining in several foreign countries and his work as the mine foreman of the Grube Clara in Oberwolfach. The talk is taking place on 10 July 2014 at 7 p.m. More information can be found in the German Poster.
New exhibits in the display case for collectors: A less acquired hobby of minerals friends is collecting pebbles. Joachim Hörth deals with this and shows some selected pieces from the Upper Rhine Rift between Weil am Rhein and Karlsruhe. The interesting exhibition may give an impulse to also address this hobby.
On Easter Saturday, the Alsatian TV station France 3 reports on the MiMa in its evening news program. Under the heading "Riverains" the Mima-Museum and the minerals stockpile in Wolfach are recommended as regional sightseeings.
As part of the series "Kultur im MiMa", the artist Werner Kenngott from Gutach will present a picture exhibition. Inspired by clear forms and the colourful beauty of crystals as well as the mathematical art objects presented in the museum, he transformed his impressions into large scale pictures. The opening of the exhibition will be on February 9, 2014, at 11:00 am, it will be accompanied with music by Marco Pereira. The exhibition is on display until 31.3.2014.Exhibition Poster.
(04.11.2013) On the 14th of November 2013, a special talk will be given by Dietmar Kräner, University Freiburg on "Mathematics - a key technology for the future". Start at 7 pm, the museum will open at 6 pm, entry is 5 / 3 euro. Without mathematics there would be no weather forecast, no GPS, no computer tomogrophy etc. In this talk various such "daily live" examples will be given, at the end a new interactive installation will be presented. It will stay in the MiMa! More Info on the Poster.
(01.11.2013) Winter break in the MiMa: From 1st of November until 15th of December the MiMa will be closed. We thank our guests for the positive feedback and the many visits until October 2013! On the 16th of December the MiMa will re-open again, the winter opening timings will be daily from 11 am to 4 pm.
(20.10.2013) On October 20th, the MiMa will be open for everybody! The "open day" is part of the local craftshow organized by the Gewerbeverein Oberwolfach. All visitors can enter the MiMa for free. The show will be held in the MiMa arenal, around the museum!
Manfred Lettau, former mine captain at the Grube Clara, gives a special talk "On the live of a mine worker - from coal to ore" as part of the "Kultur im MiMa" series. The talk will be on June 27 at 7pm. You will get insights into the moving live of a mine worker, from his education in a coal mine to many foreign missions and being the director of the mine Grube Clara in Oberwolfach. More information can be found in the German Poster.
On May 23rd, the mayor of Sainte Marie aux Mines Claude Abel and the public relation coordinator Sylvie Reeb met Herbert Schuler and Werner Günter to discuss a future collaboration between the MiMa and the second biggest minerals fair in Europe, which is held at Sainte Marie aux Mines. The fair will take place from June 27 to 30 and attracts more than 30.000 visitors every year.
On April 4 at 7pm, the mathematician Dr. Andreas Matt talks about „Human vs. Robots - how machines can learn". How can machines, like robots or computers, learn? Which mathematical models exist and can machines learn faster and better than humans? On the example of a simple and interactive robot simulation, Matt shows the learn model "reinforcement learning". This talk is part of the "Kultur im MiMa" series.
Easter special at the MiMa! Again this year the employees of the MiMa museum prepared something special: visitors can enter the competition to look for easter eggs in the form of stones in the museum. Everybody can search these eggs, hidden in the whole museum. If you find all - or most - of them you will get a special Easter surprise!
The successful series "Kultur im MiMa" will be continued with a concert by the chamber music ensemble Ortenau! On the 23th of November at 7:30 pm they will play trios and duos from Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern Times. The museum opens for this event already at 18:30.
More info here (in German).
(25.01.2012) On the 28th of January at 8 pm the MiMa, museum for minerals and matehematics, hosts two outstanding musicians: the guitarrists Marco Pereira and Thomas Hafen. After a succesful start of the duo three years ago in the Kreuzsattelhütte, they are back at the MiMa to present their songs. Thomas Hinke from Stuttgart will join them as a special guests with playful improvisations. More info
here (in German).
The "MiMa - Museum for Minerals und Mathematics" in Oberwolfach will be presented as a sightseeing recommendation in the SWR4 Radio Südbaden, in the morning programme "Frühmagazin" on the 26th of January, 2012. At the same time more information and pictures can be found at the
SWR4-Südbaden web page. We are happy to receive all visitors hearing from us through this programme!
The Verein der Freunde von Mineralien und Bergbau Oberwolfach e.V. could acquire the complete collection of minerals by late mountaineer Albert Müller. He was working at the mine “Grube Clara” from January 1, 1957 and collected an amazing collection of minerals until his retirement. Some of the minerals are exposed in a special vitrine in the media room of the MiMa museum, we show you here some samples of Fluorite and Baryt minerals.
We are pleased to invite you to a special MiMa event: Paul Hildebrandt, the inventor of Zometool and a group of about 20 persons will construct the model of an “exploded stellated hyperdodecahedron”. The model has a size of about 1 m and will be a gift to the MiMa. About half of the group is formed by gifted pupils from the local secondary school. More details here.
The next event of the "Kultur im MiMa" series will be on the 27th of July 2011. Prof. Stephan Klaus will give a presentation on "Symmetry and Beauty in Nature and Mathematics". Many objects in nature feature regularities that we appreciate as beautiful. Just think of snow flakes, snail shells or crystals. And also in art beauty is connected to regularity, for example at the Arabesques of the Alhambra. But, can a mathematical formula be beautiful? Venue: MiMa, Admission: 18.00 hs, Entry: 5 Euro / 3 Euro. More information in the flyer.
The MiMa will be part of the Science Days in the Europapark, Rust from 13th to 15th of October. What do minerals and mathematics have in common? Where do minerals come from and what is their purpose? How do we gain mineral resources? How does a mine work? How do I know which forms are connected to which formulas? How do soap bubbles relate to the fourth dimension? Answers and more questions can be found at the MiMa stall, on all three days from 9 am to 5 pm.
On the 29th of May a special guitarre concert was organized at the MiMa museum: Marco Pereira and his students played Englisch and German folk songs. Additionally to this concert we offered all guests the opportunity to get to know our unique museum! Pictures of the concert can be found in our events gallery.
Jupi at the MiMA! The project around the toy animal Jupi - just visiting Earth from Jupiter - deals with interesting people, projects and institutions
working in social fields. JUPI came to see the MiMa on a trip trhough the German black forest. More details can be found on the web site I am Jupi.
Science reporter Christoph Pöppe of the magazine "Spektrum der Wissenschaft" visits the MiMa Museum. As a mathematician himself he writes about the unique connection of minerals and mathematics and his experience while visiting the MiMa. The full article can be found
The MiMa team wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011!
The snowy Christmas picture is created by Valentina Galata (former school student at Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium in Saarbrücken) with the programme SURFER. It is a visualization of formulas only!
You can download more algebraic Christmas pictures here or visit the MiMa to create and print your own mathematical pictures!
The MiMa receives the Architecture Award 2010 - New Constructions in the Black Forest!
The sound reconstruction of the historical farmhouse for a public use was especially praised. The constructor and planner have put a special focus on
functional design, an energy and ressource friendly concept, a novel use of technology and the visibility of the old construction heritage.
More information in German can be found here.
(01.11.2010) Winter break in the MiMa: From 1st of November until 15th of December the MiMa will be closed.
We thank our guests for the positive feedback and the many visits in our first months!
After 1st of December the MiMa will re-open again, the winter opening timings will be daily from 11 am to 4 pm.
(19.10.2010) On the 6th and 10th of October 2010 a team of the SWR TV station visited the MiMa. Reporter Thomas Klinghammer came to Oberwolfach, among others also to the Mathematisches
Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach. Klinghammer loved the MiMa and its vast collection of minerals from the black forest.
Board member of the Minerals Association Werner Günter handed over a Baryt mineral to Mr. Klinghammer. The TV reports are on air from 25th to 30th of October 2010 in the SWR Landesschau Baden-Württemberg.
(18.08.2010) Today, the mayor of Banjul, the capital of the state of Gambia, and his wife visited the MiMa. The deputy mayor of Oberwolfach, Erna Armbruster, and local reporters joined the visit and the guided tour through the minerals and mathematics sections of the museum. Please find pictures of this special visit in our
(14.08.2010) On August 12th four children reporters visited the MiMa. They were equipped with cameras and notebooks to report in detail on the museum. An article on their impressions
will be published in the coming days in the Schwarzwälder Bote. We are curious about their findings, what they liked most and what suggestions they have for the museum! Please find pictures of this visit in our
(31.05.2010) The outside facilities of the MiMa museum were inaugurated on the 28th of May. A highlight was the handing over of the wooden benches, sponsored and installed by all crafstmen involved in the building and installation of the museum.
To complete the set an additional minerals "knock"-box will be added for children.
(06.05.2010) The MiMa is now member of the Upper Rhine Museums-Pass, your ticket for over 190 museums, castles, parks and gardens in Germany, France and Switzerland. The Museums-Pass gives free access to the permanent and temporary exhibitions of all member museums for a whole year. More information can be found
(05.05.2010) The English version of the MiMa website is online! Feel free to explore it and come back soon, since we are constantly updating content, pictures and the interactive applets.