MUM – Mineraligical Museum Luigi Celleri


MUM - Mineraligical Museum Luigi Celleri


-From 1th march to 15th april: 15.00 – 19.00 (monday day off)
- From 16th april to 31th may: 11.30 – 13.30 / 14.30 – 18.30 (monday day off)
- From 1st june to 15th september: 10.30 – 13.30 / 15.30 – 18.30 / 20.30 – 22.30 (daily open)
- From 16th september to 2nd november: 11.30 – 13.30 / 14.30 – 18.30 (monday day off)
- From 1th December to 6 January 14.30 – 18.30 (december 25 closed)

During the other periods of the year visits to the museum and excursions on request


Via Cavour 73, San Piero in Campo, Campo nell’Elba (LI)


+39 393 8040990

Insula inexhaustis chalibum generosa metallis. With these words, Virgil described the island of Elba in his Aeneid (Chapter X, v. 170), believing the legendary metal deposits to be so rich that they were inexhaustible. Elba’s abundance of minerals, which has been well known since ancient times, and exploited by many civilisations including the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans, can now be admired in all its incredible variety. Visiting the MUM Museum is an authentic experience, where visitors will learn about the infinite bounty of the earth. It is also a starting point for extraordinary treks and adventures that will take you along the Granite Roads and ancient paths to discover an authentic, secret side of Elba.


The Mineralogical and Gemmological Museum is named after Luigi Celleri (1828-1900), a citizen of San Piero who discovered many of Elba’s most famous mineralogical specimens which are now preserved in museums and private collections all over the world.

Celleri devoted himself to mineralogical research in collaboration with Raffaello Foresi, and later on behalf of Giorgio Roster and Bista Toscanelli, who had bought numerous excavation rights in the pegmatite seams on the west of the island. Celleri then carried out mineralogical research on behalf of Pilade Del Buono, for the establishment of the Mineralogical Museum in the Demidoff Gallery at the Napoleonic Villa of San Martino (Portoferraio). Thanks also to this research, important mineralogical finds were made at the time, such as “gummy” quartz at Palombaia and specimens of wollastonite at Cavoli.


The exhibition is organised on two floors: the first floor granite gallery is both an authentic anthropological journey and a tribute to the centuries-old history of granite mining on Elba, while the second floor hosts the mineral gallery. Inside the museum there are historical minerals from the Campo nell’Elba area, iron minerals provided by the Rio Mineral Park and rocks from which the main minerals on the Island of Elba are extracted.
An exhibition space is also dedicated to gems loaned by numerous private donors, many of which come from the collection of Professor Federico Pezzotta, curator of the Mineralogical Museum in Milan. Other important samples come from the private collections of Christian Bauer, the heirs of Mario Navone and the engineer Pini.

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MUM Museum

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Not to be missed



Adult 4,50 €
Kids 2,50 €


The MUM museum offers a wide range of activities including geology and mineralogy workshops, botany workshops, orienteering, excursions, safaris and various types of trekking.
There is a rich library that can be freely accessed and an archive for research purposes
WIFI internet access is available.


The Museum is equipped with stair lifts. There is no support for deaf-blind people. There are no audio guides, but guided tours are available. The Museum has numerous tactile elements for children and blind people, who can also use the explanatory multimedia tools. The information panels are placed at different heights, for wheelchair users and children.

To Learn More


  • D. Andreani, Note di Mineralogia Elbana. Zona centrale e occidentale,  Il Popolano, XIII, 19 ott. 1935. 
  • C. Cipriani e L.Poggi, Le Collezioni del Museo di Mineralogia di Firenze: la formazione della collezione elbana, in Museologia Scientifica, 1995. 
  • P. Orlandi e F. Pezzotta, Minerali dell’Isola d’Elba. I minerali dei giacimenti metalliferi dell’Elba orientale e delle pegmatiti del Monte Capanne, Ed. Novecento Grafico, Bergamo,  1996 
  • N. Anselmi, Mostri di pietra e leggende dell’Isola d’Elba, Renografica, Bologna, 2006
  • A. Gennazzani, Alla scoperta dei minerali dell’Isola d’Elba. Itinerari e note per la ricerca sulle pegmatiti del Monte Capanne, Pacini Editore, Pisa, 2005
  • G. Bettini, L’ Elba e suoi minerali. Guida alla ricerca, Pacini Editore, Pisa, 1996
  • G. Maggioni, M. Giarduz, Elbani. Fotografie e notizie di minerali delle pegmatiti del Monte Capanne, Isola d’Elba, Areagrafica, Udine