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Museum of Natural History - Tuscaloosa AL. The
mineral collection contains an estimated fifteen thousand specimens
from all over the world. Some of these specimens are in powder form,
while other specimens are massive and weigh hundreds of pounds.
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - Tucson, AZ. Exhibits
include a geology overlook with the expansive view over Avra Valley
and its neighboring mountain; an earth sciences center with
artificial cave for exploring and a permanent mineral collection has
been touted as one of the finest regional mineral collections in the
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center - Sahuarita AZ (near
Tucson). Copper mine tours and a discovery center explore copper
mining and its importance.
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum - Bisbee AZ. Once
the corporate headquarters of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining
Company the museum explores copper,, mining, and what it was like to
live and work in a mining town. Exhibits plus mine tour. Smithsonian
Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff AZ - Did you
know that Flagstaff's beautiful San Francisco Peaks are really a
large, dormant volcano? Find this out and more in the Geology
Gallery, with its geologic models, fossils, and mineral specimens.
The permanent exhibits in this area of the Museum introduce you to
the many changes the Colorado Plateau has undergone through millions
of years of geologic and volcanic activity.
Petrified Forest National Park - Northeast AZ -
Petrified Forest is a Science Park! Best known for globally
significant Late Triassic fossils, the park attracts many
researchers. Geologists study the multi-hued Chinle Formation.
Guided and self guided tours, ranger programs, and information
The University of Arizona Mineral Museum
and Flandrau Science Center -
Tucson AZ. Includes Best of the Best mineral exhibit. Since its conception, the museum has accumulated over 16,000 mineral
specimens in the main collection and over 6,000 in the micromount
collection. The collection currently represents 1,431 different species
with over 2,000 minerals presently on display. The mineral museum also
has two displays of meteorites from localities around the world.
& Karl Pfeiffer Museum & Study Center - Piggott AR.
More than 1400 mineral specimens and geodes were collected by Mrs.
Matilda Pfeiffer from 1960 until 1988. The collection includes
specimens from around the world and across the United States. Many
of the minerals are on permanent display in the house museum while
others are offered for viewing on a rotating basis. Arrangements can
be made to view specific specimens.
Museum of Natural History - Bakersfield CA. Numerous
geologic exhibitions throughout the museum, activities, events and
colorful and educational rock and mineral displays. On display, are
locally found specimens. Minerals from locations worldwide also make
up the approximately 75 specimens on display.
Academy of Sciences - San Francisco CA. This popular
Bay Area attraction houses a natural history museum, planetarium,
aquarium, and rainforest dome. It is also home to a world-class
research institution with over 26 million specimens in its
California State Mining and Mineral Museum -
Mariposa CA. This museum houses a collection that was started in 1865
in San Francisco. It is the official California State Mineral
Collection, with over 13,000 minerals, rocks, gems historic artifacts
and fossils. Recently returned in 2000 is the popular crystalline gold Fricot Nugget, weighing 201 ounces, the largest one found during the
Gold Rush. Also reflective of days gone is a working scale model of a
stamp mill, demonstrating the process of gold extraction.
Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society Museum - Fallbrook CA.
Specimens from around the world, California, San Diego county, and a
one of a kind gift shop. Also have online video tour.
- Red Bluff CA. Features fifty years and four
generations of collecting. Beautiful, rare gem and minerals
specimens from around the world , stone carvings, fossils, Native
American artifacts, a fluorescent mineral display, and a detailed
replica of an old mine tunnel complete with ore car, tracks and
Museum of Los Angeles County - Los Angeles
CA. More than
2,000 gem and mineral specimens are on view in the Gem and Mineral Hall.
The hall features one of the largest gold exhibits in the world, that
includes over 300 pounds of natural gold along with gold mining
artifacts and other memorabilia. The walk-through Hixon Gem Vault houses
such spectacular treasures as exquisite star rubies, emeralds and
History Museum of San Diego - San Diego CA. Permanent
and temporary exhibits of earth and natural sciences and how they relate
to the region.
Oakland Museum of California - Oakland CA. Mineral
and geological specimens from throughout the state.
Page Museum at La
Brea Tar Pits - Los Angeles CA. Over 1 million Ice
Age fossils, from 650 species.
The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology - Claremont CA. Hall of Life
showcases the Earth’s 4.6 billion year old history. Floor space is
divided into six sections: first covers museum history, and
introduces the basic scientific principles of plate tectonics,
biological evolution, and stratigraphic superposition. The following
exhibits traverse the major divisions of geologic time (Precambrian,
Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic), separated by major extinctions.
The final area encompasses student-designed temporary exhibits that
feature current museum research.
San Bernardino County Museum - Redlands CA. The Division of Geological Sciences holds
more than half a million fossils of extinct vertebrates and
invertebrates, primarily from the southwestern United States with an
emphasis on San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Mineral collections are from the southwest: California, Nevada, Utah,
Arizona and Baja California, with a strong worldwide component for
San Diego Natural History Museum - San Diego CA.
Changing exhibits encompassing earth and natural sciences.
Santa Cruz City Museum of Natural History -
Santa Cruz CA ^
Mine Tour - Brekenridge CO. Mine tour into a real
gold mine at this historic restored mining site. While at the mine
you can also gold pan, pet the burros, slide down the 55 foot ore
chute, explore the authentic mine site, view the exhibits and
equipment that were used in the mine.
Museum of Natural History - Denver CO. Geology
collections hold 34,000 specimens of most mineral species in the Rocky
Mountains and others throughout the world. Meteorites and rocks also are
represented. There is also 48,000 vertebrate fossils, including 54
primary type specimens 50,000 plant and invertebrate fossils, including
more than 100 types and illustrated specimens along with other
collections covering space sciences, Anthropology, and Zoology.
Depot Museum - Canon City, CO. World's most complete
Stegosaurus, Garden Park Fossil Area where it and many other
dinosaurs have been excavated over the last 125 years. You can find
out more about the Skyline Drive Trackway Site where dinosaurs
walked along the coast of the Western Interior Seaway. Explore
fossils and how they are found in our Discovery Room. Talk with
people working on fossils in our Preparation Laboratory.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument - South of
Florissant CO. 2 different kinds of fossils, massive petrified
redwood tree stumps and small carbon impression fossils of plants
Geology Museum, Colorado School of Mines -
Exhibits include minerals from Colorado, Colorado mining heritage and
artifacts, gold and silver displays, gemstones - rough and cut, mineral
properties, Earth history, special radioactive exhibits, world minerals,
of Western Colorado - Fruita CO. Permanent and
temporary exhibits at three sites offers an array of learning
Mining Hall of Fame & Museum - Leadville CO.
Mining's colorful history is showcased throughout the facility with
exhibits all types of mining, a minerals room, and many hands on
displays related to mining and minerals.
Western Museum of
Mining and Industry - Colorado Springs CO. History
of Mining to life for you through a variety of exhibits complete
with daily guided tours. ^
- Greenwich CT. Permanent earth science exhibits include
earth's minerals, formation of our land.
Museum of Natural History - New Haven, CT. Housed at Yale
University the museum contains the Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space
with historically important worldwide collection of approximately 35,000
specimens; the oldest collection of meteorites and tektites in the
United States with thousands of specimens representing more than 400
different meteorite localities and nearly all of the various kinds of
meteorites and tektites. ^
Mineralogical Museum -
DE. At the University of Delaware The mineral collection at the University of Delaware is an
outstanding collection which numbers over 5,000 specimens many
originating from a purchased a collection of 2,000 minerals from Tiffany
jewelers by Irénée du Pont. ^
of Natural History - Gainesville FL. Large
collection of invertebrate fossils, plant fossils, and vertebrate
Gillespie Museum of Minerals at Stetson University -
DeLand FL. Original collection T.B. and Nellie Gillespie
donated consisted of some 25,000 specimens. The Ross and Ethel Glenn
Collection, of Durango, Colorado, was one of the last major
Georgia Museum of Natural History at University of Georgia -
Athens GA. The Geology Collections include the Allard Collection
for Economic Geology, the Mineralogy Collection and the Paleontology
Mineral Museum - Cartersville GA. The mission of the
Weinman Mineral Museum is to educate & inspire a diverse audience of
students, enthusiasts & visitors about geology with an emphasis on
Georgia, by providing unique experiences through exhibits, programs,
special events & outreach in an engaging & fun environment. It houses
the largest publicly available collection of Georgia gems, minerals, &
Lyman Museum - Hilo HI. World-renowned mineral
collections and special exhibits relating to volcanic nature of the
islands. The mineral collection includes Orlymanite, a rare mineral
fully identified only in 1987.
Volcanos National Park - Volcano HI. Displays the
results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution
-- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it
with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture. The park
highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers
insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic
volcanic landscapes. ^
Museum of Natural History - Pocatello ID. At Idaho State University.
Collections focus on the natural history of Idaho, but include
significant holdings from the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau
regions of the Intermountain West.
of Mining & Geology - Boise ID. Exhibits and
educational programs about Idaho’s fascinating geologic history and
rich mining heritage.
The Shoshone County Mining and Smelting Museum - Kellogg
ID. Exhibits include: Fluorescent Miners Display, Minerals from
around the world, Local Minerals, Galena, Lead Carbonate,
Tetrahedrite & Sphalerite, Three Dementional Bunker Hill Mine Model,
Seven Mines Model, Map of local mill sites & DVD of local mining
history, Historic Bunker Hill, and refinery machinery.
American Fluorite Museum - Rosiclare IL. The Museum
features numerous items representing the fluorspar mining industry,
which have been donated by interested citizens, including ore
specimens, mining paraphernalia and photographs.
Burpee Museum of Natural History - Rockford IL.
Included are exhibits on economic, world and regional geology. See
extraordinary displays of unusual rocks, gems, and minerals; and
information on plate tectonics, land formations, and more.
Museum - Chicag, IL. Long a Field Museum favorite,
the gems and mineral collection possesses a unique history as prized
as the priceless jewels it encompasses. The Field Museum houses over
36,500 gem, mineral and rock specimens.
Fryxell Geology Museum - Rock Island IL. At
Augustana College. One of the largest and finest collections of
rocks, minerals and fossils in the Midwest. Begun in the late 1880s
with a modest natural history collection, the museum now boasts over
1,500 rock, mineral, and fossil specimens.
Illinois State Museum - Springfield IL. Exhibits and
200,000 specimens are curated in the geology collections, including
60 type and figured invertebrates, 6 fish types, and over 600 type
and figured plant fossils. Also represented is a strong collection
of Carboniferous fossils from the scientifically and nationally
significant Mazon Creek and Rock Island areas of Illinois
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art -
Elmhurst IL.. The
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art presents the beauty of stone in the form
of art objects, mineral specimens, gems and gem materials. The museum
displays over 233 pieces of jade and hard stone carvings. Other prime
example of lapidary art are exhibited in the form of snuff bottles,
modern and antique vases, bowls and other decorative accessories.
Dioramas feature carved animals, fish and birds. Also included in the
collection are excellent examples of Florentine and Roman stone mosaics,
gemstone cameos and intaglios, a collection of gemstones and beautiful
mineral specimens. ^
the Ohio State Park - Clarksville IN.
390-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest, naturally
exposed, Devonian fossil beds in the world. The park features a
spectacular Interpretive Center overlooking the fossil beds
containing an exhibit gallery and video presentation.
Indiana State Museum - Indianapolis IN. Permanent
exhibits include Ancient Seas, Age of Ice along with changing
exhibits and extensive geologic collections in fossils, mineralogy,
and petrology. ^
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History - Iowa City
IA. A 500-million-year adventure through Iowa's geological,
cultural and ecological history plus changing exhibits.
Fick Fossil and History Museum - Oakley KS. A number
of interesting large dinosaur fossils from Kansas and mineral
Johnston Geology Museum - Emporia KS. At Emporia
State University. The museum contains geological specimens
predominantly from Kansas. Included among the 45 displays in the
museum are the world famous Hamilton Quarry Fossil Assemblage, the
Tri-State Mining Display, petrified tree stumps, western Kansas
Cretaceous mosasaur, a giant ground sloth, and mastodon tusk.
Gallery - Scott City KS. Museum houses a permanent
collection of local Kansas Cretaceous fossils.
of Kansas Natural History Museum - Lawrence KS. The
KU Natural History Museum, four floors of exhibits help you explore
the life of the planet. Toothy mosasaurs will open your imagination
to the Cretaceous seas of 85 million years ago plus other natural
history and science related exhibits.
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum -
Displays a portion of the lifelong collection of Ben E. Clement, one of
the giants of Kentucky mining.
Louisville Science Center - Louisville KY. The World
Around Us exhibit brings natural and earth sciences to life in a
wide range of interactive and multimedia activities.
Lafayette Science Museum - Lafayette LA.
Changing exhibits related to natural sciences.
Louisiana Museum of Natural History -
Baton Rouge LA. At Louisiana State University. Blake
collection, Economic Mineral collection and others are in part on
public display. ^
George B. Dorr Museum - Bar Harbor ME. Part of The College of the Atlantic. Museum investigates, interprets and displays the natural world of Maine
LC Bates Museum - Hinckley, ME. The museum includes natural history
exhibits, ocal history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.
Maine Geological Survey - Augusta ME. An exhibit of Maine minerals, sells topographic
and geologic maps and reports, and is an affiliate of the federal Earth Science Information Center; open to individuals or small groups during normal office hours
State Museum -
Augusta ME. Tourmaline and the Rich Legacy of Mining at
Mount Mica (through 2015).
Northern Maine Museum of Science - Presque Isle, In Folsom Hall. Displays are in
the hallways at Folsom Hall, the museum can be visited anytime the campus is open.
Nylander Museum - Caribou, ME. Displays of minerals, fossils, taxidermied Maine
animals, and Paleo-Native artifacts ^
Maryland Science Center - Baltimore MD. Dinosaur
discoveries and TerraLink, a high tech environment accompanied by
high touch experiences. Part media center, part discovery room, and
part newsroom, TerraLink brings you the "latest and greatest" in
Earth system science. Additional exhibits plus planetarium.
Museum - Pittsfield MA. Gallery of Rocks and
Minerals features hundreds of geologic specimens from Berkshire
County and beyond, including some rare and exemplary items. Gallery
of Dinosaurs and Paleontology combines a fascinating fossil
collection with opportunities for active exploration.
Harvard Mineral Museum -
Boston MA. The Harvard mineral
collection now ranks among the world's finest due to its very broad
representation, wealth of rare species, large number of specimens
described in the scientific literature, and the quality of its display
specimens. The systematic mineral collection and displays of rough and
cut gemstones are the principal exhibits in the mineral gallery. The
collections of rocks and ores and the Smith meteorite collection
constitute an impressive sampling of the earth's crust.
Museum of Science - Boston MA.
Changing exhibits related to natural sciences. ^
Seaman Mineral Museum - Houghton MI. The official
Mineralogical Museum of Michigan with the finest collection of minerals
from Michigan's famous copper and iron mining districts. Over 60,000
minerals in our possession, and over 20,000 of these minerals are
Coppertown USA -
Calumet MI. Museum traces the evolution
of miners and mining people with a series of tasteful exhibits designed
for the family.
Institute of Science Museum - Bloomfield Hills MI. General science museum with
excellent mineral displays.
Gerald Eddy Geology Center -
Waterloo MI. In the geology
room, kids and families can discover that geology is fun! Visitors can
enter a model ice cave to see themselves standing next to a giant beaver
or Jefferson mammoth. Youngsters will enjoy conducting experiments in
the "Mad Scientist Lab" and the "Fossil Graveyard" features lift-a-rock
models of fossilized bones and teeth. Touch-screen computer games will
test your geology knowledge and you can view a large collection of rocks
and minerals from throughout the state. Note: State park access
Grand Rapids Public Museum -
Grand Rapids MI. Collecting
objects of local and inter-galactic significance for over 155 years the
museum has a huge collection of rocks, minerals, and related on display
and available for research.
Agates History Museum - Grand Marais MI. A large
collection of incredible Lake Superior agates from 71 years of agate
Houghton County Historical Museum -
Lake Linden MI.
Everything relating to copper mining.
Iron Industry Museum (Jackson Mine Museum) -
Attractions include permanent and temporary exhibits, outdoor
Museum - Alpena MI. Collection of rare copper artifacts
including bannerstones and birdstones.
Resources Museum - Sault Ste. Marie MI. Housed at Lake
Superior State University, contains W & M Chance Collection.
Historical Museum - Lansing MI. Minerals, Iron and
Copper mining exhibits, mining memorabilia.
Michigan State University Museum -
East Lansing MI. The
Hall of Evolution exhibit at the MSU Museum is constructed as a time
line, with exhibits of fossils arranged in chronological order from the
Cambrian Period (about 500 million years ago) to the Pleistocene Epoch
or "Ice Age" that ended about 10,000 years ago. The fossils are
accompanied by diorama paintings showing the animals as they appeared in
life. Fossils displayed include the skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a
femur from an Apatosaurus.
Quincy Mine and Hoist - Hancock, MI Go inside a real
copper mine. Tour the world's largest steam hoist. Numerous rock
University of Michigan Exhibit Museum -
Ann Arbor MI.
Permanent displays include: The Hall of Evolution on the Museum's second
floor houses Michigan's largest display of prehistoric life. Over 600
million years of life on Earth are traced through fossils, models, and
dioramas. Here you can find dinosaurs, prehistoric whales, mastodons,
and geology displays on the fourth floor offer a large selection of
rocks and minerals. ^
Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Paul MN. Dinosaur
and Fossil gallery plus additional permanent and changing exhibits
related to all sciences.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park - Soudan MN.
Learn about how mining shaped the history and culture of the Iron
Range. Explore the dry house, drill shop, crusher house and engine
house, and take the boardwalk past one of the deepest open mine pits
and the famous Soudan Iron Formation. ^
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science - Jackson MS.
Inside the park, the Museum's buildings and grounds feature a
73,000-square foot complex overlooking a 300-acre natural landscape,
2.5 miles of nature trails, and an open-air amphitheater. Located
inside the Museum are a variety of permanent and changing exhibits.
Joplin Museum Complex - Joplin MO. Consists of the
The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral
Museum one of the world's most exceptional collections of
lead and zinc ores as well as other minerals found in the Tri-State
District. This museum interprets the geology and geochemistry of the
area and illustrates mining processes and methods used from the
1870s through the 1960s. The Dorothea B.
Hoover Historical Museum emphasizes the growth and
development as the result of the mining in the Tri-State District.
Missouri Mines State Historic Park - Park Hills MO.
Explore its history – and see the processing plant of the former St.
Joe Lead Company. The mine’s former powerhouse has been turned into
a museum that interprets the area’s lead mining history, displays
actual machinery from the mines and houses one of the Midwest's
finest mineral collections.
St. Louis Science Center - St. Louis MO. A
three-building complex with more than 700 hands-on changing exhibits
related to all sciences. ^
Montana Tech Mineral Museum -
Butte MT. A museum on the
Montana Tech campus that exhibits more than 1,300 mineral specimens from
a permanent collection of 15,000 specimens.
of the Rockies - Bozeman MT. MOR is home to one of
the largest and most famous collection of dinosaur fossils in the
world in addition to changing exhibits. ^
of Nebraska State Museum -
Lincoln NE. Walk through the history of life and see
spectacular fossil discoveries. Visit our world famous collection of
ancient elephants. Touch a two billion year old fossil. Walk on the
longest marine fossil. Become a paleontologist with our interactive
exhibits. Cases of minerals displaying a spectacular variety of
crystal form and color, including Nebraska's State Rock. Other
permanent and changing exhibits related to natural sciences. ^
Las Vegas Natural History Museum - Las Vegas NV.
Exhibits include Prehistoric Life Gallery and eology Gallery
explores breaking science news, the phenomenon of fluorescent
minerals and geological natural resources.
M. Keck Museum, Mackay School of Mines -
Reno NV. An
outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and
photographs, in addition to mining related relics. There is a special
emphasis on early Nevada mining history with samples from famous mineral
districts such as the Comstock Lode, Tonopah, and Goldfield. The museum
is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection,
created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.
Franklin Mineral Museum
- Franklin NJ. Over 4,000
mineral specimens on systematic display in the local room including
those that are on display in the 32 foot long fluorescent display in the
fluorescent room. The museum's fluorescent display has a dazzling array
of the world's most brilliant and colorful fluorescent minerals. Welsh
Hall houses a systematic collection of world-wide minerals, the largest,
most comprehensive mineral collection on public display in the world.
There is also a life size mine replica.
Morris Museum -
Morristown NJ. The museum’s geological
collection, considered one of the best in New Jersey, is home to
numerous specimens from throughout the world, but has a focus on the
state’s own mineralogical profile. In fact, the geological collection
represents 100 percent of New Jersey’s minerals, including Franklin and
Watchung Mountain materials.
Newark Museum - Newark NJ. Features Dynamic Earth
exhibit created to help young people and adults interpret and
understand the natural world, this hands-on interactive exhibition
features the Newark Museum's large natural science collection.
Engaging, multi-media exhibits help us tell the story of our natural
world. The Natural Science Collection is a significant component of
the Newark Museum's educational activities, including holdings in
botany and geology.
Paterson Museum - Paterson NJ. Contains a mineral
collection was one of the largest in New Jersey.
Geology Museum - New Brunswick NJ. The Rutgers
University Geology Museum features exhibits on geology, natural
history, and anthropology, with an emphasis on the natural history
of New Jersey. Exhibits include a dinosaur trackway, a mounted
mastodon, rocks and minerals from New Jersey and around the world,
and florescent minerals.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum -
Ogdensburg NJ. A world
famous underground zinc mine in northwestern New Jersey open for tours
and collecting. ^
Meteorite Museum - Albuquerque, NM . University of
New Mexico. ocated in Northrop Hall on the Main Campus of the
University of New Mexico. It houses many meteorites from the
extensive collection of the Institute of Meteoritics. The highlight
of the Museum is a one-ton piece of the stony meteorite, Norton
County, that fell in Kansas in 1948. The theme of our exhibit is
“Looking at the Solar System through a Microscope." Our displays
show how scientists learn about asteroids, comets, the Moon and Mars
by studying samples that have fallen to Earth from space, as well as
samples that have been collected by spacecraft missions.
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources -
New Mexico. lies one of the great treasure troves of the southwest.
Gold, silver, and precious gems, the objects of the Conquistador’s
travels and travails, glitter on glass shelves next to other spectacular
mineral forms. The main exhibit hall highlights minerals from around New
Mexico with over two thousand mineral specimens. Top-quality mineral
specimens from around the southwestern United States are also abundant
in addition to pieces from around the world. Mining memorabilia, a
modest fossil display, and a breathtaking ultraviolet-mineral exhibit
are also found in the museum.
Museum of Natural History & Science -
Albuquerque, NM. Timetracks exhibits offer a journey through
billions of years of New Mexico's natural history, from the
formation of the universe to the present day. The Geosciences wing
of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science conducts
research geology and paleontology, and maintains the Museum's
extensive fossil and mineralogical collection. Additional permanent
and temporary exhibits related to earth and natural sciences.
of Natural History -New York NY. Home to the Gottesman
Hall of Planet Earth with one of the most outstanding collections of
geological specimens ever displayed and the Arthur Ross Hall of
Meteorites with cutting-edge hands-on exhibition space. The Museum
is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils,
totaling nearly one million specimens. More than 600 of these specimens,
nearly 85 percent of which are real fossils as opposed to casts, are on
of Science - Buffalo NY. Gems and Minerals exhibits
just a number of the more than 10,000 specimens and over 1,000
minerals held at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Additional permanent
and temporary exhibits related to earth and natural sciences.
Hicksville Gregory Museum - Hicksville NY. Exhibits
include minerals permanent exhibit, an overview of the major groups
of minerals, based on chemical classification, with an emphasis on
the silicates and sulfides. Specialized collections include the
zeolites and associates from the Paterson, NJ area and fluorescent
minerals. Fossils exhibit plus other natural science and local
New York State Museum -
Albany NY. Minerals of New York exhibit showcases a fraction
of the State Museum's enormous mineral collection. Specimens on view
represent over 150 years of private mineral collecting and from the
public from the state's mines, quarries, road construction and
Rochester Museum and Science Center - Rochester NY.
Three floors of hands-on exhibitions exploring science and
technology, natural science, and our region's cultural heritage. In
addition to ongoing favorites such as Expedition Earth plus several
new traveling exhibits each year.
The Wild Center
- Tupper Lake NY. (Natural History Museum of the
Adirondacks) Exhibits include the Glacial Ice Wall and its
story of the formation of the modern Adirondacks. Variety of indoor
and outdoor natural science exhibits and outdoor activities.
Natural Museum Discovery Place - Charlotte NC.
Interactive exhibits, daily programs, exhibitioins, IMAX, and
activities that explore all the natural sciences.
Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum -
Asheville NC. The
Museum's primary collection includes some 4,500 specimens from North
Carolina and around the world. The Museum's gem collection includes over
1,000 cut gemstones from North Carolina and around the world. Other
collections include Petrology, North Carolina minerals, fluorescent
minerals, fossils, and crystals.
Franklin Mineral Museum -
Franklin NC. Contains
thousands of specimens of gems, minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts,
fluorescent minerals, sea shells, and more on display.
Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County -
Hendersonville NC. Exhibits include minerals of North Carolina,
geodes, Cullinan diamond replicas, petrified wood, fossils and local
Science Center of Greensboro - Greensboro NC. Roam
through the Dinosaur Gallery and come face-to-face with a 36 foot
Tyrannosaurus rex model. Discover Earth's masterpieces in the Gem
and Mineral Gallery. Enjoy touch labs featuring aquatic life. Visit
live snakes, amphibians and sea creatures. Wander though Animal
Discovery, our new outdoor zoological park, and come face to face
with tigers, gibbons, wallabies, lemurs, howler monkeys and many,
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences -
Raleigh NC. Approximately 7,500 mostly North Carolina
specimens. Unusual specimens include meteorites, historic samples
from gold mines that closed in the early 1900s, vein quartz and vein
quartz with sulfide. The collection also includes specimens from
historic corundum and monazite mining operations, as well as
radioactive minerals from Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
Museum - Dickenson ND. 13,400 sq. ft. Earth Science
Museum with emphasis on dinosaurs including 11 full-scale dinosaurs
in the museum displayed in a Triassic-Cretaceous time continuum and
3 full-scale dinosaurs outside. The exhibit includes a real
Triceratops skeleton and one of the best Triceratops skulls ever
found. plus exhibits of rocks, minerals, mammals, and
Pioneer Trails Regional Museum - Bowman ND.
Conserves historical artifacts and fossils, operates a regional
museum, educates the public and preserves the history of the area
through publishing, curatorship, research, and displays.
Museum of Natural History - Gastonia NC. Hall
of Earth and Man has an expansive collection of mineral specimens
among impressive exhibits of dinosaurs, mastodon, saber-tooth cats.
Additional permanent and temporary exhibits relating to all natural
Museum Center - Cincinnati, OH, Collections
include invertebrate paleontology with primary emphasis on fossils
occurring in the late Ordovician, vertebrate paleontology with
emphasis on Paleozoic and Pleistocene material from the tri-state
region and exhibit-quality material from all geologic horizons and
geographic area plus mineralogy. Additional permanent and temporary
exhibits relating to all natural sciences.
Museum of Natural History - Cleveland OH. The Wade
Gallery showcases a spectacular collection of more than 1500 gems and
minerals along with other permanent and visiting exhibits. The museum
specializes in collections that can't be found anywhere else in the
Orton Geological Museum - Columbus OH. At Ohio State
University. See hundreds of crystals and minerals - some that even
glow in the dark. Learn about Ohio during the Precambrian, Cambrian,
Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian and Carboniferous periods. Come
face-to-face with a 4-foot-long replica skull of the mighty
Tyrannosaurus rex, and dodge Glyptodon, a giant South American
D.W. Correll Museum -
Catoosa OK. An extensive
collection of rocks, gems, minerals and sea shells from around the
Sam Noble Museum
- Norman OK. At the University of Oklahoma. Exhibits include
Hall of Ancient Life, Paleozoic Gallery, Conoco Oil Pioneers Plaza
plus collections and additional permanent and temporary exhibits
relating to all natural sciences.
Museum Oklahoma - Oklahoma City OK.
A state-wide collaboration of five partner museums
working together to provide hands-on discovery learning and science
resources to families, students and educators across the state. ^
Museum - Central Point OR. Exhibits include a huge selection of cut and
polished geodes and "thunder eggs"nestled among specimens of
petrified wood, ancient petrified pine cones, palm trees and much
more. The mineral specimen collection is among the most diverse on
display in Oregon. You can view gold, gem minerals, and
commercial-use minerals. The fossil exhibit is continuing to grow
and it we strive to bring you the best and most amazing fossils that
are steadily being found throughout the world. Also collections and
additional permanent and temporary exhibits relating to all natural
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument - Kimberly OR.
Protects one of the longest and most continuous records of
evolutionary change and biotic relationships in North America.
Includes over 14,000 acres found in 3 widely separated units, the
Sheep Rock Unit, Painted Hills Unit, and Clarno Unit.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - Portland OR.
Earth Science Hall focuses on the characteristics of Planet Earth
such as geology and tectonics, weather and climate and their
inter-relationship with life, both past and present. Also
collections and additional permanent and temporary exhibits relating
to all natural sciences.
Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals - Hillsboro OR.
The Museum Collection includes an extensive variety of crystallized
mineral species; world class specimens of common quartz and gypsum,
colorful copper minerals, one of the two finest red rhodochrosite
specimens in the world, rare and beautiful gem crystals of emerald,
ruby, aquamarine, morganite, amethyst and thousands of other specimens
from around the world. The collection also displays extraordinary
lapidary works and examples of agate from locations throughout the
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University -
Philadelphia PA. America's oldest natural history museum.
Exhibits include Dinosaur Hall with skeletons of more than a dozen
dinosaurs, visit a fossil prep lab or dig for dinosaur bones. Also
collections and additional permanent and temporary exhibits relating
to all natural sciences.
Bryn Mawr College Mineral Collections - Bryn Mawr
PA. There are 1500 minerals on exhibit in 28 hall cases in the
Park Science Center. Many of the finest minerals from the Vaux
Collection are on display in hall cases along the first and second
floors of the Physics and Math wings of the Park Science Center. In
addition, a display of fluorescent minerals (many from the Franklin
Mine in New Jersey) is housed in a special dark room.
Museum of Natural History - Pittsburgh PA. The Benedum
Hall of Geology is dedicated to interactive features that allow the
public to learn about geology. The Hillman hall showcases more than
1,300 minerals and gems from all over the world. New acquisitions are
added to the collection on an ongoing basis. This breathtaking
exhibition hall also explains the basic facts of minerals, rocks, and
crystals. Other permanent halls and exhibits dedicated to earth and life
Delaware County Institute of Science - Media PA.
The museum exhibits include fossils, shells, and corals from over
the world and miscellaneous other collections. The displays and
research collections of minerals include many from famous localities
in the area. The museum also houses the original plate blocks used
to print Dr. Samuel Gordon's 1922 "Mineralogy Of Pennsylvania."
Additionally, specimens brought from the mineral prospects of the
West by members of the Delaware County Institute of Science during
the 1800's can be viewed and studied.
EMS Museum and
Art Gallery - University Park PA. At Penn State
University. The main gallery
display includes displays of fine minerals such as azurite and "velvet"
malachite from Bisbee, Arizona, and amazonite crystals from the Pikes'
Peak, Colorado, area. In addition to collections of rocks, minerals, and
fossils totaling more than 22,000 specimens, the Museum maintains
collections of glasses, ceramics, metals, plastics, synthetic materials,
old mining and scientific equipment, and archaeological artifacts. Many
of these specimens are on display while the others are available for
research and educational purposes
of Natural History & Science - Lancaster PA.
Permanent exhibits include Dinosaur Gallery and its geology
collection contains thousands of regional and world-wide specimens.
More than 1,150 specimens representing over 200 mineral species are
on display with all the major and most minor classes represented in
the North Museum’s Cabinet Museum.
Free Institute of Science - Philadelphia PA. houses
an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens including
mounted birds and mammals, fossils, rocks and minerals, insects,
shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger.
Highlights include William Wagner’s personal mineral collection –
one of the oldest in the country – and his fossil collection,
representing many important European and American localities and
collecting sites of the nineteenth century. ^
of Natural History - Providence RI. There are
15,000 earth science specimens consisting of rocks, minerals, and
fossils. The Museum has an especially rich collection of plant
fossils from Coal Age Rhode Island...these are older than dinosaurs
being 350 million years old! The Museum's collections are about 85%
natural history and 15% cultural materials along with a Planetarium. ^
Bob Campbell Geology Museum -
Clemson SC. The museum's
mineral collection consists of over 5,000 specimens along with a special
collection that contains 2,000 of the approximately 3,000 different
mineral species. You will also find spectacular fossils from all over
the world; polished sections of several famous meteorites; and the best
display of fluorescent minerals in the southeast.
Museum - Columbia SC. At the University of South
Carolina. Exhibitions can be found on three floors of the Museum.
Permanent installations include the Natural Curiosity: The
University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry
in the Natural World. Two galleries on the second floor, as well as
one on the third, feature changing exhibitions. Additionally,
McKissick offers a wide variety of events and programs year-round.
Carolina State Museum - Columbia SC. Exhibits
include giant shark display, Life in the Past dinosaur exhibit along
with collections and additional permanent and temporary exhibits
relating to all natural sciences. ^
at Black Hills Institute of Geological Research - Hill
City SD. A modest but incredible natural history museum.
Natural history enthusiasts can rest assured; you will find
something unique in this treasure trove of amazing dinosaurs,
fossils, minerals and collectibles from all over the world.
Geology at SD School of Mines and Technology - Rapid
City SD. The Museum offers world-class displays of rare real
fossils and minerals, as well as educational tours and family
events, always free to the public.
National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame -
Murdo SD. The National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame was founded in 1987 to
recognize excellence in the earth sciences by inducting one or more
persons each year in six categories: Minerals, Fossils, Metalcraft,
Lapidary, Education and Deceased. At this time we have 119 inductees
representing 44 states. All of the inductees are experts in their
fields. Many of them have published several books and most of them have
been active in community service. ^
McClung Museum - Knoxville TN. At the
University of Tennessee. Exhibits include Geology & Fossil History of
Tennessee plus additional permanent and temporary exhibits relating to
all natural sciences
Pink Palace Family of Museums, The Museum - Memphis
TN. See exceptional examples of rock and mineral specimens. Learn
about ancient meteorites as old as the stars. View a working seismograph
and new exhibit on earthquakes. A Walk Through Time traces the history
of the Earth from its formation 4.6 billion years ago to the last Ice
Age. Dinosaurs and Mosasaurs exhibit contains fossils discovered in the
region. Additional permanent and temporary exhibits relating to all
natural sciences. ^
Fort Worth Museum - Fort Worth TX.
DinoLabs & DinoDig DinoLabs and DinoDig® bring the fascinating story of
North Texas dinosaurs to life with full articulations of dinosaur
skeletons and a dig site replicating a local paleontological field site.
Other permanent and temporary exhibits related to natural sciences.
Museum of Natural Science - Houston TX. Special and
permanent exhibits including the Weiss Energy Hall with the worlds most sophisticated energy exhibit; the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals
with more than 750 crystallized mineral specimens; the Eby Hall of
Minerals; new Duncan Family wing has some 750 fossils and 60 large mounts and a new 30,000 sq. ft natural science hall with many other exhibits.
- Waco TX. Strecker's Cabinets of Curiosities and Waco at
the Crossroads of Texas Natural History Exhibits plus additional
permanent and temporary natural history exhibits.
Museum of Nature
and Science - Dallas TX. Meet the rock stars of the
Museum in our mineral and gems collection! Discover an astounding
variety of rocks in all shapes and sizes from amethyst and pyrite to a
volcanic bomb and a man-made silicon crystal—and learn the science
behind how they’re formed. You also won’t want to miss the spectacular
light show performed by our fluorescent minerals. Exhibits include Texas
Dinosaurs, Paleontology Lab and other permanent and temporary exhibits
related to natural sciences.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Dallas TX. Home to an Alamosaurus, one of the largest dinosaurs ever found in North America along with the Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall that highlights the materials and systems of our
planet's dynamic environment; Gems and Minerals a 2,600 square foot showcase of rare minerals and gem plus many other halls and exhibits featuring the natural sciences.
Hutchings Museum of Natural and Cultural History - Lehi
UT. Fossil and Shell Room with beautiful specimens from fish, birds,
and leaves to dinosaurs. Rock and Mineral Room features hundreds of
specimens. Other permanent and temporary exhibits related to natural
sciences and western culture.
USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum - Price UT. Nestled in
the heart of a resource rich archaeological, paleontological and
geological play land, our museum has much to offer in diverse
Utah Field House of Natural History State Park & Museum. Vernal
UT. So much time is revealed here, even more geologic time than in
the Grand Canyon. Within an 80-mile radius of Vernal, evidence of the
entire Earth's history is visible. At its center is the Utah Field House
of Natural History State Park Museum.
Utah Museum of Natural History -
Salt Lake City UT. The
mineralogy and petrology collections consist of 3,700 mineral and
150 rock specimens from all over the world, as well as Utah, surrounding
regions., and world famous locations. ^
Museum - St. Johnsbury VT. The Museum holds over 175,000
objects from an eclectic permanent collection, including natural science
specimens, historical artifacts, archival photographs and documents, and
ethnological treasures. Changing and long-term exhibits focus on aspects
of culture, art and technology relating to the history, traditions and
landscape of the Great Northern Forest.
Montshire Museum of
Science - Norwich VT. Montshire's 100-acre Museum is a
world of science, nature, and technology. Our spacious and light-filled
building easily holds both permanent exhibits and featured exhibitions.
The exploration continues outside in Science Park, the Woodland Garden,
and along the nature trails bordering the beautiful Connecticut River.
Georgiadis Mineral Collection - College of
William and Mary, Williamsburg VA. A world-class mineral collection that contains some of the more common minerals to gemstones to specimens with unique crystal shapes. The minerals in the
collection come from places all over the globe, including Brazil, Romania, South Africa, Italy, Switzerland, Madagascar and Mount Kilimanjaro. Some notable minerals in the collection include
rhodochrosites, rubies, emeralds and Owens’ personal favorite—a watermelon tourmaline. Also included are aquamarine, quartz, beryl, tanzanite and topaz.
Madison University Mineral Museum - Harrisonburg, VA. The
museum features over 500 crystals and gemstones from around the world
composed of the following displays: Systematic Collection -arranged by
chemistry and structure Locality Collections -Amelia, Va. and Elmwood,
TN. Minerals of Virginia -Richard S. Mitchell Memorial Collection Large
Specimen Display Fluorescent Display -minerals glow under ultra-violet
of the Earth Sciences - Radford VA. At Radford
University. Encompassing the earth science related fields of Geology,
Oceanography, and Physical Anthropology, the Museum of the Earth
Sciences attempts to foster an appreciation of the Earth, its past,
present, and future.
Museum of Geosciences - Blacksburg VA. At Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences. Exhibits
include gems, minerals, and a full-scale model of an Allosaurus dinosaur
skeleton found in Utah. A display of minerals arranged systematically by
chemical formula is a much-used teaching tool.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum - Winchester VA.
Paleo Lab and Natural history rooms plus other hands-on exhibits and
programs, focused on the sciences, mathematics, the humanities and the
Museum of Natural History - Martinsville
VA. Permanent exhibits include dinosaurs, fossils, fossil overlook
prehistoric life exhibit plus collections and other permanent and
temporary exhibits related to natural sciences. ^
of Natural History and Culture - Seattle WA. At University of Washington. The Burke's
mineralogical collection is one of the finest on the Pacific Coast.
The collection contains specimens of every major chemical group, and
is particularly rich in silicates, carbonates, halides, and
sulfides. A portion of the collection is on display in the Burke
Museum galleries. In addition to long-term exhibits, the Burke
Museum also presents special exhibits that rotate several times a
National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) -
Washington DC. Home to The National Gem and Mineral Collection,
one of the greatest collections of its kind in the world. Over 375,000
individual specimens include such famous pieces as the Hope Diamond and
the Star of Asia Sapphire, plus a research mineral collection in
constant demand by scientists all over the world. The National Meteorite
Collection is one the largest and one of the best museum-based
collections of meteorites in the world. The National Rock and Ore
Collections are divided into sub-collections, and the specimens within
each are indexed and retrievable by lithology, locality, museum catalog
number, metal/commodity, or volcano. ^
Clay Center for Arts and Sciences - Charleston WV.
Milton Gardner’s Earth City explores earth science as you travel
through an old-fashioned roadside attraction. The hands-on exhibits
explore the story behind West Virginia’s geology and provide a
broader understanding of the forces that have shaped and continue to
shape the earth. Additional permanent and temporary exhibits. ^
Geology Museum of the University of Wisconsin -
Madison WI. From dinosaurs to dolomite, the museum
contains a diverse collection of minerals, rocks, and fossils.
Milwaukee Public Museum -
Milwaukee, WI. A variety of
permanent and temporary exhibits relating to all the earth sciences
including "The Third Planet Hall" using the concept of plate tectonics
as a central theme. Included is an award winning film introducing the
basic concept of plate tectonics and then visitors ascend through a
limestone cavern and learn what processes have shaped the earth's
surface. The local geologic past of southeastern Wisconsin is depicted
in the Silurian reef diorama and a walk-through glacier depicts
another time in Wisconsin's geologic history. ^
Dinosaur Safaris, Inc - Big Horn Basin & Shell WY. DSI contracts with small groups to visit and work in their dig
Museum - Laramie WY. At University of
Wyoming. Features a variety of displays to illustrate Wyoming's past
environments, highlighted by a 75-foot Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus)
skeleton that dominates the museum's exhibit hall. Another highlight is
"Big Al," a display of the most complete Allosaurus fossil ever found.
Hundreds of rock and mineral samples from throughout Wyoming's
geological history are also displayed, including specimens that
illuminate with fluorescent glow under ultraviolet light.
Geological Museum - Cairo, Egypt. Established and opened for
public in 1904, as a part of the Egyptian Geological Survey (EGS)
founded earlier in 1896. The museum introduces the Egyptian land and
history to visitors. A large collections of Egyptian and other famous
minerals, ores and rocks are in the show cases, In addition, a very
valuable collection of meteorites picked from Egypt and from other
places in the world, are displayed. ^^
ASIA & MIDDLE EAST
Museum, Geological Survey of Japan - Tsukuba Science City,
Japan. designed to introduce the results of the activities of the
Survey through display of samples, models, panels etc., and to
disseminate the fruits of geosciences to the public so that a glimpse of
the interaction between man and earth could be caught.
Geological Museum of the Hebrew University - Jerusalem, Israel. Founded in 1928, the Geological Museum
includes collections of minerals, rocks and fossils. The core of the
collections was provided by material gathered on geological excursions
in Israel and abroad by the founders of the Department of Geology,
Professors L. Picard, M. Avnimelech and Y. Bentor. Since then, staff
members and students have added extensive material to these collections,
which are also enriched by important donations from abroad and through
Paleozoological Museum of China - Beijing, China.
Main attractions: Over 800 exhibits are on display, covering a great
variety of fossils -- fishes and amphibians (first floor), reptiles and
birds (second floor), and mammals (third floor) -- spanning from 400
million years ago to the dawn of man. ^
Australian Museum - Sydney, New
South Wales. The
Mineralogy, Petrology, Meteorite and Tektite Collection is a major
natural history resource whose specimens represent localities no longer
accessible, some of the best ever found from their locality, and some
rank among the best ever found world-wide. Includes the
Chapman Mineral Collection and
Listing of Australian fossil sites.
Albert Kersten GeoCentre - Broken Hill,
New South Wales. This interactive museum and interpretive centre
displays the best of the Broken Hill city mineral collection. The
GeoCentre uses the wonders of Broken Hill geology to explain Earth
Sciences, especially mineralogy, metallurgy and geological time. The
collection includes 1000 - 2000 mineral specimens. Several hundred
mining social history artifacts.
Caves Museumm - Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland. The
Crystal Caves is one of the most spectacular mineralogical museums in
Australia. Explore a labyrinth of caves 250m² to discover & touch
spectacular and colorful natural crystals, ancient fossils, and rare
Emmaville Mining Museum - Emmaville,
New South Wales. Excellent local specimen display. Historic
photographs of mines.
Minerals Heritage Museum. - Brisbane, Queensland.
Established with the aim of preserving and displaying fine mineral
specimens, and especially those from Australian localities
Mining Hall of
Fame - Kalgoorlie, Western
Australia. Wander through the
educational, interactive galleries and inspiring gardens featuring the
past, present and future of the Australian Minerals Industry.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - Darwin,
Northern Territory. The Geology collection includes collections of
rocks, minerals, and meteorites and tektites. A major part of the rock
collection consists of hand specimens of mid-Tertiary limestones from
across northern Australia, and other specimens representing the
geological history of northern Australia.
Museum of Victoriaa - Victoria,
New South Wales. The
collections consist of the amalgamation of the States major geological
collections, encompassing those of the National Museum, Industrial and
Technological Museum, Geological Survey of Victoria and the University
Pinnacles Mine - Broken Hill, New
South Wales. Mineral display, fossicking, tours and sales at
this working mine.
Riversleigh Fossil Centree - Riversleigh, Queensland - A
World Heritage fossil locality. Includes the Hard Times Mine, a
specially-constructed, underground mining experience, the Isa Experience
Gallery, with its fascinating displays of the pre-historic, indigenous,
social and mining history that has shaped Mount Isa and the region.
World Heritage Riversleigh Fossil Centre is an integral part of Outback
at Isa, where the region’s pre historic fossils are showcased at the
fossil treatment laboratory and world-class displays.
Australian Museum - Adelaide, South Australia.
Excellent South Australian and Australian mineral collection including
mineral, rock and a collection of opal fossils.
Hill Gold Mining Museum - Ballarat, Victoria. Australia’s
foremost outdoor museum – Sovereign Hill recreates Ballarat’s first ten
years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of
international fortune-hunters rushed to the Australian goldfields in
search of riches.
Museum and Art Galleryy - Hobart, Tasmania.
University of Queensland - Brisbane, Queensland. Museum
display of world minerals and crystals.
Coast Pioneers Museum - Zeehan, Tasmania. Collection of
local Crocoite, Cerussite etc and classic minerals as well as historic
Canadian Museum of Nature - Ottawa, Ontario. A
comprehensive collections of vertebrate fossils, fossil plants, fossil
pollen, fossil fungi, minerals, rocks and gems. Within our collections
of 120,000 specimens, there are over 450 primary types. The vertebrate
fossil collection contains more than 50,000 specimens, and includes a
broad range of fauna from the Devonian to the Pleistocene.
Royal Ontario Museum
- Toronto, Ontario. Home to the
Gallery of Earth
Sciences. In the Minerals Theatre, an audio-visual presentation of
"Minerals in the Making: the Inside Story". Four crystal-like display
cases present a rainbow of mineral specimens. Interactive activity bays
to learn about colors, shapes, and classifications of minerals and gems.
The reopened S.R. Perren Gem and Gold Room, where the ROM's collection
of more than 1,000 beautiful gemstones and specimens are housed. Enter
the dark, dramatic Minerals That Glow Room, to see how ordinary-looking
rocks become glamorous under ultra-violet light.
Pacific Mineral Museumm - Vancouver, British Columbia. The
Pacific Museum of the Earth is the result of the amalgamation of two
pre-existing Museums: The M.Y. Williams Geological Museum and the
Pacific Mineral Museum.
Naturhistorishes Museum - Vienna, Austria. The
significance of the Mineral Collection is the multiplicity of items
coming from occurrences on the territory of the former Austro-Hungarian
Monarchy and its alpine regions. Specimens from many of the "classical"
deposits in Germany, Russia, England, Italy and other countries are also
Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences - Brussels, Belgium.
Dozens of permanent exhibits among which is the mineralogy room
comprised of two separate parts. Designed to be instructive, the first
part introduces the visitor to the fascinating world of minerals. A
second part of the room concentrates on ranking minerals species by
Bulgarian National Museum of Natural History - Sofia,
Bulgaria. The mineral and rock collections of the Museum comprise
some 14 000 specimens or items from all over the world. The collections
comprise four main elements: main collection, meteorites and meteorite
casts, about 1500 rock samples, 40 gems and semi-precious stones.
Moravian Museum - Brno, Czech Republic. A mineral
exposition which makes it easier to understand the history Earth -
physical and chemical qualities of minerals, the structure of the Earth
and its place in the solar system. Main part of the exhibition is
dedicated to the origin of the rocks and minerals - here you can admire
the wonderful world of not-living nature of Moravia and Silesia.
Geological Museum - Copenhagen, Denmark. The Geological
Museum displays a wide range of geological phenomena. Try touching a
meteorite. Learn about: Rocks and minerals, The Geology of Denmark, Salt
in the Danish subsoil, The Geology of Greenland, earthquakes, volcanoes,
dinosaurs, continental drift, meteorites, the Solar System and more.
collection de Minéraux, Univ.P.M.Curie -- Paris, France.
24 cases allow the visitor to view 2,000 specimens.
National d'Histoire Naturelle - Paris, France. Permanent
collections include over 243, 000 mineral specimens, 1.271 metrorites,
petrology collections, general geologic collections and more.
Mineralogy, École des Mines de Paris -
Museum, Bonn University - Bonn, Germany.
Museum der Universität Hamburg - Hamburg, Germany.
University Mineralogical Museum - Keil, Germany
Reich der Kristalle - Munich, Germany.
Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion - Lavrion, Greece:
In the Museum's showcases are exhibited approximately 700 samples of 115
different kinds of metals along with special showcases with gangue and
other minerals and with samples of various crystals.
Natural History Museum of Florence - Florence, Italy. The
mineralogical collections, originating from the first half of the XVI
century are the most important in Italy, and one the most widely known
abroad, for historical and scientific value. The 45,000 specimens, the
most important of which are the large geodes of amethyst, the topaz
crystal, and the crystal of aquamarine. There are also specimens of
quartz, calcite, tourmaline, gold and many precious stones and the
Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle - Luxembourg. With
over15, 000 specimens covering systematic, regional, and African
collections. There are also additional petrography and meteorite
National Museum of Natural History - Leiden, Netherlands.
Permanent and temporary exhibits featuring the earth, energy, and
Mineralogisches Museum Baia Mare -
Baia Mare, Romania.
Museum - Moscow, Russia. Contains 5 main collections:
90,000 items representing about 2,400 mineral species. More then 4,800
crystals of minerals representing all crystal systems and most of space
groups; over 31,000 specimens representing genetic features,
mineral association and ore types for more then 300 former Soviet Union;
about 2,200 mineral specimens. representing different kinds pseudomorphs,
and gem and stone art collection.
Museum of the School of Mines of Madridd - Madrid, Spain.
The Museum contains about 10,000 minerals, amongst which the most
representative are: silver sulphosalts coming from Freiberg,
Hiendelaencina (Spain), and mexican localities; mercury minerals
(cinnabar, calomel, etc.) mainly from Almaden (Spain), fluorite,
sphalerite and many others.
Swedish Museum of Natural Historyy - Stockholm, Sweden.
The collections of the department reflect more than two hundred years of
collecting activities. The mineral collection comprises some 140,000
catalogued specimens, 51% of which originate from Swedish deposits. The
meteorite collection contains about one thousand specimens from 311
different meteorites. The topographical collection consists of 20,000,
partly not yet catalogued minerals, rocks and ores.
History Museum of Switzerlan - Bern, Switzerland.
Museum of Lausanne - Lausanne, Switzerland. Famous
historical mineralogical collections include: Russian minerals and ores
of Frédéric-César de Laharpe , Evaporite minerals from Bex salt-deposit,
Swiss alpine veins minerals of Charles Lardy , and the complete
hand-size systematic collection of Samuel Mercanton
Geology-Mineralogy Collection and Exhibitionn - Zurich,
Switzerland. Both collection and exhibition are subdivided into
Geology - Paleontology and Mineralogy - Petrography sections. Displayed
is also a unique collection of geological relief maps, some of which
have great historical value.
Geological Walk at the British Geological Survey - Keyworth, UK. The Geological
Walk consists of natural stone paving laid out to represent the different geological time periods, with 40 different types of rock used over the 130 metre long concourse. Every step of the way
tells a different story starting from a period before life began through to the last great ice age, along the way encountering forbidding deserts, tropical seas and a land stalked by
National Museums and Galleries of Wales
- Cardiff, Wales, UK. The Department holds extensive collections
and particular expertise in Paleontology, Petrology, and Mineralogy
including collections of Welsh minerals with accompanying databases for
National Museums of Scotland - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Exhibit detailing how did Scotland come to be what and where it
is? The exhibition then focuses on the last 650 million years of
Natural History Museum London - London, England, UK. The
Natural History Museum mineral collection is one of the most important
and comprehensive collections of its type in the world with about
350,000 specimens. A rock collection that now consists of over 100,000
specimens and has worldwide coverage. Other collections include
meteorites, ocean bottom, ores, gems, building and decorative stores,
mantle xenoliths and kimberlites, and world wide petrological
University Museum of Natural History - Oxford, England, UK.
The Mineral Collections comprise around 30,000 specimens from localities
worldwide and represent at least 100,000 examples of mineral species. It
also includes small collections of gemstones, meteorites, and
mineralogical instruments, as well as important collections of
Museum of Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The National Museum
brings together the largest collections of Latin American scientific,
research laboratories and graduate courses. The component parts of the
exhibits open to the public (about three thousand today) are part of the
20 million items of scientific collections preserved and studied by the
Departments of Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate,
Vertebrate Paleontology and Geology.
National Museum of Natural History - Santiago, Chile.
Exhibits include minerals, with emphasis on nitrate boom, fossils, and
other natural science related subjects.. The Museum's collections
conserved in both metallic and nonmetallic minerals over 5,000 samples
from many different countries.
Virtual Museums Featuring Online Geology Exhibits ~
The Burke Museum of
Natural History - Has several online exhibits including
Birthstones Myth and History
The Hooper Virtual
Natural History Museum- Hosted by Carleton
University at Ottowa, Ontario, Canada
J D Hooker Fossil Side Collection - Hosted at British Geological
Survey, a treasure trove of fossils including plant specimens collected
by Charles Darwin.
The Museum of
Paleontologyy - Hosted by University of California at Berkeley
The National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution)
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