Meteorites are some of the rarest objects on Earth. Some meteorites are viewed as cosmic objets d'art, naturally sculpted in the most exquisite forms. Some others made history. Others, rare by their composition, are scientific treasures. The Tricottet Collection of Historic Meteorites consists of rare and aesthetic specimens from primary sources, multi-sources and other rare sources. It also includes historic tektites, an extensive Library of Meteoritics, a unique archive of original manuscripts and correspondence letters, and other rare memorabillia.


The Gallery of Historic Meteorite Falls displays a selection of aesthetic and rare meteorite specimens from falls observed within the 1492-1969 period. All specimens displayed in the gallery have an exceptional historical provenance, as they come from the principal investigators in the recovery of these meteorites in the early days after their fall or from dealers and curators who played an important role in their preservation. The period considered spans from the Middle Ages with the fall of the Ensisheim meteorite in 1492 to the dawn of the space age and modern meteoritics with the fall of the Allende meteorite in 1969. Collection catalogues, as well as manuscripts and letters about meteorite trading, complete this gallery.

The Gallery of Historic Meteorite Finds displays a selection of historic meteorites whose fall was not observed (so-called meteorite finds). It includes the famous Pallas iron & Willamette meteorite, cold finds made during the first "meteorite rush" in the U.S. Great Plains & during the second one in Antarctica, and archeological finds. Meteorwrongs, between hoaxes and erroneous chemical analyses, complete the collection. Accompanying these specimens are documents about meteorite hunt and trade, as well as about great meteors whose final products were never found.

The Gallery of Historic Tektites & other Glasses displays a collection of historic glass specimens, mainly tektites but also other impactites formed from the impact of large meteorites, nuclear blasts (trinitite) and lightning strikes (fulgurites). Most specimens come from the main investigators of those strange glassy objects. Famous collections (both private and institutional) are also described from catalogued specimens, original manuscripts and rare publications.

Historic Meteorite Falls

* 2007 Bonham's auction catalogue
1. The 1969 Allende meteorite game-changer
2. The Meteoritical Society, USA
3. The Committee on Meteorites, USSR
4. American Museum of Natural History
* Holbrook's strewn field reconstitution in studio
5. Ward's Natural Science Establishment
* Marquis de Mauroy's meteorite trade material
6. Hectic meteorite collecting in Italy
* Mocs meteorite strewn field map by A. Koch
7. Museum collections in European capitals
* Weston meteorite from the Shepard collection
8. The most collectible meteorite books
* The Ensisheim stone of 1492


Historic Meteorite Finds

1. The Antarctica meteorite "gold rush"
* The Aussig/Ploschkowitz meteorwrong
2. The American Meteorite Museum, Meteor Crater
3. The Great Plains meteorite "gold rush"
* The Winona meteorite found in an Indian cist
4. The Willamette meteorite
5. The Braunfels meteorwrong
6. Casas Grandes iron & other Mexican irons
7. W. Haidinger's Rokitzan meteorwrong specimen
* The Great Meteor of 1783
8. The Pallas Iron
* "Rocks from the Sky" in hieroglyphs


Historic Tektites & Other Glasses

1. The elusive exogenic fulgurites
* Irghizites from a P.V. Florenskiy expedition
2. The hunt for unusual glassy materials
* Tektites as molten chips from the Moon
3. The MIT/Saul expedition to the Ivoirite strewn field
* Indochinites from the 1959 Nininger expedition
4. Glasses from the A.L. Flagg collection
* Signed references on the North American tektites
5. The H.O. Beyer Collection of Philippinites
* The Great Circle Hypothesis
6. The South Australian Museum tektite collection