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The Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University

Last Updated: 19th Nov 2017

By Larry Maltby

Harvard University Museum, 1972


This Red Cloud wulfenite was photographed at Harvard in1972. This specimen was featured in Peter Bancroft’s book, The World’s Finest Minerals and Crystals, published in 1973. The child photo was submitted by Rock Currier in 2010.
Ferberite and Quartz photographed at Harvard in1972. This specimen was featured in Peter Bancroft’s book, The World’s Finest Minerals and Crystals, published in 1973.The child photo was submitted by Rock Currier in 2010.


This fossil Kronosaurus was found during a Harvard expedition to Australia in 1932. The bones are from the early Cretaceous Period and were reconstructed and put on display at the Harvard museum in 1959. The total body length is estimated to be approximately 30 to 40 ft. long. The photo was taken at the Harvard Museum in 1972.
The skull of the fossil Kronosaurus shown on the left is 9 ft. long. The photo was taken at the Harvard Museum in 1972.




Gold collection, Harvard University, 1972
This gold specimen from the Ground Hog Mine, Gilman, Colorado was displayed by Harvard University at the Tucson Show in 1985.


This gold specimen from Grass Valley, Nevada Co. California was displayed by Harvard University at the Tucson Show in 1985.


Copper display at the Harvard University Museum in 1972.


This fluorite from the Hill-Ledford Mine was displayed by Harvard University at the 1982 Cincinnati, Ohio Show. It was featured in the 1982 March-April Rocks and Minerals Magazine.
This Topaz from Alabashka, Mursinka, USSR was displayed by Harvard University at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in 1985.






These cut tourmalines from Brazil showing exceptional color were on display at the Harvard Museum in 1972.
Datolite from “Lake Superior” and chrysocolla from Arizona was on display at the Harvard Museum in 1972. The location of the datolite given as “Lake Superior” usually denotes a very old specimen from the late 1800’s. As time passed more accurate locations were specified.



This article is linked to the following museum: The Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University (Massachussetts)




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Comments

Excellent Larry. Especially like the Tourmalines and the Copper Skull.

Walter Kellogg
28th Nov 2017 4:44am
Hi Walt,

These old museums have a lot of old specimens that are unique relative to the flood of fine minerals that are coming on the market today. (For those that can afford them.) Virginia and I have always enjoyed museums in fact our second date was to Cranbrook Institute of Science. When we were road tripping the United States we would drive 100 miles out of our way just to see a museum. We are getting old and cannot travel any more but I still have a lot of pictures to work on.


Larry Maltby
28th Nov 2017 2:49pm

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