See 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.
The Year of Mineralogy
April 27, 2022 – April 24, 2023
The International Mineralogical Association has chosen 2022 as a worldwide celebration of the history, development and study of mineralogy. The goal of this yearlong event is to promote public interest in mineral studies by showing how this field has guided the growth of both technology and society. By understanding mineral characteristics, we are able to find solutions to many modern industrial problems and improve our overall well-being. Showcasing amazing minerals, this exhibit represents only some of their properties – there is so much more to discover.
The Grape Jelly Amethyst Geode
The Eyes of Africa
The Lavinsky Ammonite
Gems and Minerals Hall Scavenger Hunt
- We have specimens from six of the seven continents — can you find a gem from each?
- Look for The Eyes of Africa and ask one of our helpful Museum volunteers about its unique history!
- Find a specimen of every color of the rainbow.