Institutul de Speologie "Emil Racoviţă"

"Emil Racovita" Institute of Speleology (ERIS)

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Location: University Cluj.
(46.76410523320399, 23.57959685992893)
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Address: Institutul de Speologie "Emil Racovita", Str. Clinicilor, nr. 5, 400006 Cluj-Napoca, Tel: +40-264-595954. E-mail: contact
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1920 institute founded.


the entrance to the Speological Institute at Cluj.

The Institutul de Speologie was founded by Emil Racoviţă in 1920. It was the first institute in the world dedicated to the science of speleology. Today it has two branches, one in Bucuresti (Bukarest) and one in Cluj.

The institute owns the collection of Emil Racoviţă. During his life he explored more than 1,200 caves in Europe and Africa, collectiong 50,000 cave animals. He published 60 papers on this topic. There is also a collection of cave minerals from caves in Romania, USA, Norway, South Africa, China, Italy, and many other countries. There is a special collection of cave pearls.

This is an institute, not a museum with regular open hours. However, the collections may be visited after appointment.