The Museum of Geology of the University will triple its space for exhibitions after its expansion project
April 14, 2016
The new facilities will have direct access to street level so the museum will be more visible and will increase the number of visitors
The expansion of the Museum of Geology of the University of Oviedo will allow them to triple the exhibitions space and display pieces that were stored in the warehouse due to lack of space. The renewal project will also modify one of the facades to open direct access to the street level and will gain visibility and visitors. The project, with a budget of 1.000 euros, is to be performed in a four-month period.
The Museum of Geology, created in 2001, will go from the current 122 square meters to almost 300. The number of pieces of work displayed will double, and will go from 700 to almost one thousand. The museum actually has 32,000 works in its mineral repository.
The renovation will imply lots of pieces of work that had been stored in the mineral repository so far, will be exhibited
One of the major changes of this renovation project affects one of the facades of the Faculty of Geology, which will be modified to give the exhibition space direct access to street. This renovation project in the building designed by Ignacio Álvarez Castelao and included, due to its relevance in the Iberian Docomomo registry, includes the integration of the old fire escape of the facade, and provides the building with universal accessibility equipment, with a lifting platform to avoid stairs.
Luis Miguel Rodríguez Terente, curator of the museum, explains that the number of visitors is expected to double after the extension process. 4,000 people visit its facilities every year nowadays.
In addition to gaining more space this renovation will also provide the whole space with a connecting thread, so that the visitor may get to know different geological disciplines depending on the itinerary they choose. The Museum of Geology of the University contributes to both the dissemination of science and to the training of the students undertaking studies in such Faculty.
These geological facilities host high-quality pieces. It is worth mentioning the collection of meteorites, among which we find the one in Cangas de Onís, which fell in the village on December 6, 1866. And the one in Cheliábinsk, which struck Siberia on February 15, 2013; the University actually keeps the first fragment to arrive to Spain.
The Museum of Geology has samples coming from the 5 continents, being the one from Cangas de Onís the most valuable one. Of the 22 kilos spread across 24 institutions, the University keeps a 3 kilo fragment which would have a priceless value in the market.
The museum owns samples dating from all geological ages, from the oldest formation to the present sand dunes in Asturias. Moreover, it keeps works coming from all parts of the world, more specifically the Cantabrian Mountain Range and its environment. This is the case of gold, fluorite or the valuable collection of fossils.
Thanks to the extension and restructuration of its spaces, the museum will gain interactivity. Luis Miguel Rodríguez Terente explains that it is expected to include new pieces that visitors may touch, a seismograph to record measures in an earthquake or a fluorescence camera.