Mim is a private mineral museum in Beirut, Lebanon. It exhibits over 2,200 minerals, representing some 510 different species from over 75 countries. Created by nature itself, those works of art with their breathtaking aesthetics were formed in the earth’s crust millions of years ago.
Mr. Salim Edde has built up this collection starting 1997. You can discover pieces originating from a number of renowned collections - both old and more recent - as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era. The mim collection is now considered to be one of the world's paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals.
A didactic circuit, accompanied by screens displaying films and scientific applications of mineralogy, will reveal a world of unsuspected marvels - priceless both from an aesthetic and scientific point of view.
Mimodactylus libanensis “mimo”, the fossil of a pterodactyl is featured in a special wing. This one-of-a-kind complete specimen in the Middle-East was found in Lebanon. It is promoted by means of state-of-the-art modern techniques: a hologram, an auto-stereoscopic movie, a full-scale reconstitution and a game “fly with mimo” – an entertainment that delights children and adults.
Moreover, mim hosts a thematic exhibition of 200 marine fossils. “Fish’n’Stone” was organized with the collaboration of Mémoire du Temps. Known throughout the world, those fossils were quarried in the Lebanese mountains. The history of the fossil formation is shown through an animation that submerses you in the marine life – a time capsule that takes you in a journey to some 100 million of years ago.