The roots of our museum trace back to the year 1985. Then there was a great exhibition of minerals in the local townhall. 17 members of a group of 'Friends of minerals, Oberwolfach' showed minerals collected by themselves and friends in more than 50 show cases.
Many of the visitors wished to have a permanent exhibition. The local administration supported this idea and in November 1986 a society was founded to promote and support the foundation of a museum. The "Society of Friends of Minerals and Mining, Oberwolfach e.V." started with 31 members ( today there are about 500 ).
The museum opened April,30th, 1989. The building belongs to the local administration, the society is the owner of the minerals and the holder of the museum.
With the years it became obvious that the space the museum provided for the mineral collections is too small. After the plans for an enlargement hab been discussed for several years in 2007 the external prconditions for the enlargement could be solved.
In the following year, the "International year of Mathematics 2008", the MFO (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach) an international well respected institue for experimental research in mathematics, hat an exhibition touring throughout Germany. After the tour was finished, there was no space for further showcasing the exhibits to the public, though the exhibition has become quite popular.
So the responsibles of the town, themuseum and the MFO decided combining both the exhibitions in one new Museum. In a part of the old Balck-Forest House, where the former Mineral Museum was incorporated, used to be a flat before. This was now integrated in the new MiMa - Museum for Minerals and Mathematics, that was opened in January 2010.
Now, what is the link between both the collections? It is the complexity of the cristallographic structure of the Minerals - where there merges mineralogy, atomic physics, chemistry and mathematics. So the Museum provides a collection of cristallographic models combined with crytals of minerals who show this cristallographic forms in nature.