Giant Quartz And Sphalerite From Mont. St-Hilaire Quebec, Canada. Rockhounding

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mineral museums

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Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum commemorates the mining industry that helped build Arizona. Arizona is the Nation’s number one mining state with the largest value of non-fuel mineral production in the country.

The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum can trace its origin back to the first Arizona Fair, held in November of 1884! The mineral display was said to “overshadow all else.” The collection, already one of the finest in the world, has been growing and improving since that time.

Today, over 23,000 school children and 18,000 other visitors tour each year. The Museum draws mineral collectors and rockhounds from around the world.

Over 3,000 minerals, rocks, fossils and mining artifacts are on exhibit. Highlighting the collection are the colorful minerals from Arizona’s copper mines. Among the spectacular individual specimens on display are an eight-foot specimen of native copper, a large quartz geode – each half weighing 240 pounds, rocks from the first Moon landing, and a fragment of Meteor Crater’s meteorite weighing 206 pounds. Exhibits of special interest encompass cases devoted to the lapidary arts featuring cabochons made of minerals from throughout Arizona, faceted gemstones, carved semi-precious bowls and spheres, well-known Arizona specimen localities, displays on mineral crystal systems, habits, causes of color, fulgarites, and fluorescent minerals.

A map, driving directions, parking info and our hours can be found here.

The Montana Mineral Museum, situated on the Montana Tech Campus

The minerals on display constitute only a portion of the entire collection from throughout the world. Beginning with the purchase of 130 specimens in 1900, the mineral collection has grown largely through the donation of individual collections.

At present, the Museum exhibits over 1,300 minerals. Prize specimens in our Montana collection include the Highland Centennial Gold Nugget, (27.475 troy ounces),which was donated to the Museum for permanent display. The nugget was recovered in September 1989 from a placer mine south of Butte. Also exihibited is a 400-pound smoky quartz crystal, unearthed just east of Butte, affectionately referred to as “Big Daddy” . Brilliant blue sapphires from Yogo Gulch and beautiful polished agates, Montana’s state stones, are displayed. Copper, molybdenum minerals, and talc — all examples of industrial commodities that have figured so strongly in Montana’s economic history can be seen. 

The Mineral Museum of Michigan

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is recognized as having the world’s finest collection and displays of minerals from Michigan and the Lake Superior region. The museum houses over 30,000 specimens from around the world, of which approximately 5,000 are on exhibit.

The museum is looking to continuous enhancement of it’s collections through donations or purchase. Contact museum staff for futher details. 

Franklin Mineral Museum, New Jersey 

The Franklin Mineral Museum has a wide range of geological, mineralogical, archaeological, and historical themes to offer its visitors. Here’s how to find us.

We have over 4,000 mineral specimens on systematic display in the local room including those that are on display in the 33 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.

The museum also has a life size mine replica that shows the visitor examples of mining methods used in the Franklin mines. The mine replica is testament to the pride and dedication of the Franklin community to preserve the memory of their heritage.