The one with all the sparkle
Gems and Minerals Hall
Brain Juice Focus
Gems and Minerals
Gaze at natural beauty
Your eyes will be amazed by Earth's original rock stars as they glisten, glimmer, and glow. Explore both the practical and beautiful aspects of these complex structures that serve as the building blocks of our planet. High-definition videos, digital puzzles, and touchable specimens will help you discover the astounding variety of colors, shapes, and configurations of minerals found across the globe.
Nature's Art - The Mineral Beauty of China, Temporary Exhibit
From Dec 11, 2019 to Sep 7, 2020, visit our temporary exhibit Nature's Art - The Mineral Beauty of China. Treat your eyes to a collection of colorful minerals from China that will add sparkle to the season when it opens in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall Dec. 11. Marvel at these breathtaking specimens including a crystal throne of stibnite, feet-shaped azurite and malachite, a mountainous fluorite covered in snow-like calcite and much more.
Gems and Minerals Hall Scavenger Hunt
- We have specimens from six of the seven continents — can you find a gem from each?
- Find our newest gem, The Eyes of Africa, and ask one of our helpful Museum volunteers about its unique history!
- Our specimens are constantly changing, so there's always something new to see! Can you find a specimen of every color of the rainbow?
What to do next
Since you appreciate the beauty of a polished gem, step out into the Dynamic Earth Hall and discover our world in a different natural form. Learn all about Earth's history as you visualize how the continents have shifted over millions of years, understand geological dating techniques used by scientists, and see water and air in new ways.