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    STUDIA GEOLOGIA - Issue no. 3 / 2003  
         
  Article:   THE WEBSITE OF THE MINERALOGICAL MUSEUM, BABEŞ-BOLYAI UNIVERSITY, CLUJ-NAPOCA, ROMANIA.

Authors:  DANA POP, COSMIN STREMŢAN.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  Among the 700 records in the on-line national database of Museums and Collections in Romania, set up by the Institute for Cultural Memory (CIMEC) (http://www.cimec.ro/, last update February 2003), there are 75 institutions belonging to the Natural Sciences profile. Fourteen of them include mineralogy and/or geology collections, and three represent mineralogical museums proper (Museum of Mineralogy, Baia Mare; Gold Museum, Brad; "Constantin Gruescu" Iron Aesthetic Mineralogy Museum, Ocna de Fier). The list is not exhaustive, for example most of the academic collections, such as the Mineralogical Museum of the Babeş-Bolyai University, are missing. Based on a general Internet search, it can be stated that currently only a few Romanian Natural Sciences museums have their own website. Among those hosting mineral collections, one can mention: "Grigore Antipa" Natural History Museum from Bucharest, Museum of Oltenia (including the Department of Natural Sciences) from Craiova; Iron Gates" Region Museum (including the Department of Natural Sciences) from Drobeta Turnu Severin; Prahova County Natural Sciences Museum from Ploieşti, Bruckenthal Museum of Natural History from Sibiu, and Museum of Banat (including the Department of Natural Sciences) from Timişoara. Currently, the only website of a mineralogical museum is that of the Museum of Mineralogy from Baia Mare (http://www.sintec.ro/muzeu/muzeu1.html). It is self evident that there is still much to be done for increasing public knowledge, awareness and interest on this type of museums. A website is definitely an up-to-date, attractive, efficient and not expensive tool. ...  
         
     
         
         
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