A Family, a Mineral Collection, and a Museum in a Gas Station (Museums in Strange Places S01 E06)

Hafsteinn Thor has always been interested in geology, nature, biology, and philosophy (and acting, directing, singing, and learning new instruments…he’s a multi-talented guy). But when he met his wife’s family, he was draw into their decades-old passion for stone and mineral collecting. Last year, he and his father-in-law finally set up a museum with the family’s collection…in the gas station of their small town in the south of Iceland. In this episode, I visit the Ljósbrá Steinasafn, the Hveragerdi Stone and Mineral Museum, to hear the family story and find out more about the gorgeous samples in their collection.

This is probably my favorite episode so far, so I hope you enjoy it! If you like the podcast, please take a second to write a review on iTunes. It really helps others find the podcast.

NThe music in the first part of this episode is by Hyson.

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Photos and Video of the Museum and the Family

Hafsteinn Thor showing off a sample.

The petrified wood piece!

Hafsteinn’s favorite sample in the museum.

Hafsteinn Thor showing off a sample.

A reading nook in the museum

Other family members at work creating the handcrafted gift shop items that fund the museum.

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