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National Museum of Brazil
(1807-    )

In 1785 the 7,500-specimen mineral collection of Karl Eugen Pabst von Ohain (1718-1784), one of the most knowledgeable mineralogists in Saxony, was purchased by Antonio Araujo Azevedo, Count of Barcas, and brought to Portugal. There it was cataloged and organized by the famous German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1817), for which reason it bacame known as the "Werner Collection," and was taken to Brazil by the Royal Portuguese family in 1807, thereby founding the Brazilian National Museum collection. The collection is still there, augmented by many later additions including the Adnet Collection.

The museum is located at Quinta Boa Vista, Sao Cristovao, Rio de Janeiro.

PETERSEN, O. V., et al. (1994) World Directory of Mineral Collections. Mineralogical Record, Tucson, 293 p.
WILSON, W. E. (1994) The history of mineral collecting, 1530-1799. Mineralogical Record, 25, no.6.
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