In the center of the idyllic mountain village of Teis/Tiso, situated at an elevation of 960 meters between the Eisacktal and Villnöss valleys, you’ll find the expertly organized Mineral Museum. It provides a comprehensive overview of the origins and nature of crystals, which can be found in the Dolomites and be admired in the museum today.
Paul Fischnaller, a mountain guide and mineral collector from Teis, has recovered rock crystals from the Villnöss Mountains over the course of the last thirty years. The best known of these are probably the Teiser Balls. These geodes and agate nodules are embedded in their parent rock, a quartz-porphyry tuff, and can reach up to twenty centimeters in diameter. The cavity of these druses contain up to seven different minerals. The museum not only shows the famous Geodes of Teis, but also minerals from other areas in the Alps as well as some special exhibitions.
Children in particular love the guided hikes, during which they can search for Teiser Balls themselves. The museum shop has extensive literature on the subject as well as souvenirs, Teiser Balls, jewelry and healing stones.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Flying Jewels II - An insectarium of minerals
Easter - November 2022
The exhibition invites visitors do discover a completely different world. It comprises weird, peculiar and conspicuously multicoloured insects (beetles and butterflies) with matching gems and minerals.
Open from 10th April 2022
Sunday before Easter to Sunday after All Saints’ Day
Tue - Fri: 9 am - 12 noon / 2 pm - 4pm
Sat - Sun: 2 pm - 5 pm - Closed on Mondays
Museum visit for groups of 20 or more people also possible in winter by appointment. Museum shop open also during winter by appointment.