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Mineral/Geology Museums in United States


PhotoMuseum NameLocationDetails

Alabama

Alabama Museum of Natural HistoryTuscaloosa,
Alabama
For more than 150 years, the Alabama Museum of Natural History has celebrated Alabama's natural history through exhibitions, collections and quality programs of teaching, research, and service.

Alaska

Alaska Museum of Science and NatureAnchorage,
Alaska
Extensive collection of Alaskan and exotic rocks, minerals and fossils.

Arizona

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
(Permanently closed)
Phoenix,
Arizona
Arizona-Sonora Desert MuseumTucson,
Arizona
Bisbee Mining & Historical MuseumBisbee,
Arizona
Dedicated to the copper mines and town of Bisbee.
Bisbee Queen Mine ToursBisbee,
Arizona
Mine tours and history of the Bisbee Queen mine.
Pinal Geology & Mineral MuseumCoolidge,
Arizona
The museum honors the mining and mineral heritage of Arizona that has been part of the cultural fabric for centuries. Our displays and permanent collection of Arizona Minerals complements changing exhibits on a variety of earth science subjects.
University of Arizona Mineral MuseumTucson,
Arizona

Arkansas

Crater of Diamonds State ParkMurfreesboro,
Arkansas
The world's only fee-dig diamond mine.
Matilda & Karl Pfeiffer MuseumPiggott,
Arkansas

California

California State Mining and Mineral Museum Park PropertyMariposa,
California
“There’s gold in the hills of California!” These words echoed around the world in 1848 and started a mass migration to the wilderness of interior California. Gold seekers trekked from every part of the world and every walk of life to sift the streams for gold. Mining companies brought machines to the ...
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral MuseumFallbrook,
California
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles CountyLos Angeles,
California
Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information CenterCarlsbad,
California
In the campus of the Gemological Institute of America. Access by prior arrangement only.
San Diego Mineral, Gem & Fossil MuseumSan Diego,
California
A museum run by the San Diego Mineral & Gem Society, Inc. in Balboa park.
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan Diego,
California

Colorado

Colorado School of Mines Geology MuseumGolden,
Colorado
The Mines Geology Museum contains extensive displays of minerals, mining artifacts, meteorites, fossils and gemstones as well as a walk-through mine. Founded in 1874, our displays now include over 2500 catalogued specimens and occupy two floors in the modern General Research Laboratory building at Mines. Highlights ...
Creede Underground Mining MuseumCreede,
Colorado
Creede, as it is today, evolved from a history rich in mining and scenic surroundings. Silver was discovered here in 1889. Mining was the area's main industry through the years until 1985, when the Homestake Mining Company closed down the Bulldog Mine. The concept for an underground mine began with Bob Louth in ...
Denver Museum of Nature & ScienceDenver,
Colorado
Got your hard hat? In Coors Mineral Hall, follow the mine shaft into a Mexican silver mine, where a cavern glistens with milky white gypsum crystals and stalactites. Then enter Colorado's own Sweet Home Mine to discover a six-foot wall of blood-red rhodochrosite crystals. Colorado was founded on mining, and in the ...
National Mining Hall of Fame and MuseumLeadville ,
Colorado
Known as the "Smithsonian of the Rockies" and the "Premier Showcase of American Mining," the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum came to be in 1987. Our building was built in 1899 and was formerly the Leadville High School. Our museum houses 25,000 square feet of interactive and informative exhibits showcasing our ...
Silverton Mining Heritage MuseumSilverton,
Colorado
Western Museum of Mining & IndustryColorado Springs,
Colorado
Over 4,000 artifacts are on display at the 27-acre indoor/outdoor exhibit site; which includes a ten-stamp ore mill, a multi-purpose center with exhibits, a theater and a 5,000-volume research library. The entire exhibit complex is an exciting and exceptional tool for learning about Colorado history, mining and ...

Connecticut

Bruce MuseumGreenwich,
Connecticut
A multi-faceted museum with a relatively small but highly aesthetic mineral display.
Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral ScienceKent,
Connecticut
The Mining Museum has collections of noteworthy minerals from throughout the state. Exceptional examples of locally collected minerals provide the viewer with a good idea of what the state has to offer. Displays also inform the viewer about the state's resources of decorative building stone such as brownstone and ...
Connecticut State Museum of Natural HistoryStorrs,
Connecticut
Dinosaur State ParkRocky Hill,
Connecticut
One of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath the geodesic dome is an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago. The Museum presents a bird’s-eye view of the preserved Mesozoic floodplain covered with tracks, dioramas of Triassic and Jurassic ...
Joe Webb Peoples Museum at Exley Science CenterMiddletown,
Connecticut
A single room in the geoscience department densely packed with mineral and fossil displays focused on both Connecticut and worldwide specimens.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural HistoryNew Haven,
Connecticut
The first Peabody Museum building opened to the public in 1876.

DC

The Smithsonian InstitutionWashington,
DC
The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals (September 20, 1997 – Permanent) features 2,500 minerals and gems. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo—shaping the future by preserving our heritage, ...

Delaware

University of Delaware Mineralogical MuseumNewark,
Delaware

Florida

Gillespie MuseumDeLand,
Florida
The Gillespie Museum has been a center for earth and environmental science education on campus and in the community for six decades. It houses an historic mineral collection, with nearly a thousand of its 15,000 specimens on display in changing exhibits. There are also small galleries devoted to natural history ...

Georgia

Tellus Science MuseumCartersville,
Georgia
Tellus is a world-class 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, GA just off I-75 at exit 293. The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science. Tellus features four main galleries: The Weinman Mineral Gallery, The Fossil Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard. ...

Hawaii

Lyman MuseumHilo,
Hawaii
Visit our Earth Heritage Gallery and experience the natural history of Hawai`i! Walk through a lava tube and experience multiple island climate zones in the “Habitats of Hawai`i” exhibition

Idaho

Idaho Museum of Mining & GeologyBoise,
Idaho

Illinois

Funk Prairie Home MuseumShirley,
Illinois
LaFayette Funk II started collecting minerals later in life at age 53. Even though he only collected about 30 years, he amassed a huge and diverse collection of minerals, gems, and fossils.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary ArtElmhurst,
Illinois
A museum specializing in fine jade, gemstone & mineral carvings, plus educational geology exhibits.

Indiana

Indiana State MuseumIndianapolis,
Indiana
The following information was taken from the Indiana State Museum’s website: https://www.indianamuseum.org/history The Indiana State Museum’s humble origins began with a cabinet of mineral and fossil specimens in 1862 during the American Civil War. Librarian R. Deloss Brown decided to begin cataloging specimens ...
Joseph Moore MuseumRichmond,
Indiana
The Joseph Moore Museum had its humble origins in the 1870s. Joseph Moore was an avid natural historian, professor and collector who taught at the Friends Boarding School (the Society of Friends are better known as the Quakers), later to become Earlham College. Joseph Moore was particularly fascinated with animal ...

Iowa

University of Iowa Museum of Natural HistoryIowa City,
Iowa

Kansas

Galena Mining and Historical MuseumGalena,
Kansas
Features unique to the Galena Museum are a large display of mineral specimens, mining equipment and a model of the Grand Central Mine which was located just east of Galena in Central City, Missouri.

Kentucky

Ben E. Clement Mineral MuseumMarion,
Kentucky
The Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum is a 501(C)3 organization committed to the preservation of minerals and mining history for the purpose of educating students, educators, and the general public as it relates to the Kentucky/Illinois Fluorspar District and the effect minerals have on the daily lives of the general ...

Louisiana

Louisiana State Museum of Natural ScienceBaton Rouge,
Louisiana
With holdings of almost 2.5 million specimens, the LSU Museum of Natural Science is among the nation’s leaders in terms of the size and diversity of its research collection.

Maine

Maine Mineral and Gem MuseumBethel,
Maine

Massachussetts

The Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard UniversityCambridge,
Massachussetts
The Mineralogical & Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) is committed to the development and preservation of world-class collections of minerals, rocks, ores, meteorites and gems for research, education, and public display. We strive to meet the needs of students and faculty at Harvard University as well the ...

Michigan

A.E. Seaman Mineral MuseumHoughton,
Michigan
One of North America’s mineral museums. Featuring a collection of minerals from the Great Lakes region and Michigan minerals.
Cranbrook Institute of ScienceBloomfield Hills,
Michigan
Discover the wonder of the natural world and develop a better understanding of the ways in which science impacts our lives each day at Cranbrook Institute of Science. Interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of objects and artifacts, special events, a planetarium and observatory, lecture and educational programs ...
Geology Mineral MuseumDetroit,
Michigan
From a collection of minerals once owned by Thomas Edison to a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite you can hold in the palm of your hand, eons of geological history are on display at Wayne State University’s new Geology Mineral Museum — the first of its kind in Detroit.
Quincy Mine Hoist ToursHancock,
Michigan
The Quincy Mine is located in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Mining operations have been closed since 1945, but the site is preserved as a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The Quincy Mine properties are owned and operated by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, Inc., a ...
Schmaltz Geology and Mineral MuseumKalamazoo,
Michigan
Located on the first floor of Rood Hall in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University, the Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum displays an impressive collection of rocks, minerals and fossils from Michigan and throughout the world.

Missouri

Joplin History & Mineral MuseumJoplin,
Missouri
We are a museum that tells the story of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District. By displaying our historical and mineral collections, we provide boundless inspiration for future generations to better understand the economic and social history of Joplin and the Tri-State Mining District. We have two distincly ...
Missouri Mines State Historic SitePark Hills,
Missouri
Lead has been big business in the eastern Ozarks since about 1720. Come explore its history – and see the processing plant of the former St. Joe Lead Company – in the heart of the Old Lead Belt at Missouri Mines State Historic Site. The mine’s former powerhouse has been turned into a museum that interprets the ...
Richard L. Sutton, Jr., M.D. Museum of GeosciencesKansas City,
Missouri
At the Univeristy of Missouri, Kansas City.

Montana

Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology Mineral MuseumButte,
Montana
In 1901, six months after the first students enrolled at Montana Tech (then called the Montana School of Mines), 177 mineral specimens were purchased by the school for teaching purposes. Since then, the collection has grown to approximately 12,000 specimens, mainly through the generous donations Museum Library ...

Nebraska

University of Nebraska State MuseumLincoln,
Nebraska

Nevada

The W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering MuseumReno,
Nevada
Located in the Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W. M. Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related objects. The Keck Museum has been free since it opened in 1908.

New Jersey

Franklin Mineral MuseumFranklin,
New Jersey
The Franklin Mineral Museum features one of the largest displays of local minerals as well as a huge fluorescent mineral display. Additionally, the museum displays the Welch collection of worldwide minerals and earth science teaching aids, fossils and archaeological items. A walk-through mine mock up of underground ...
New Jersey State MuseumTrenton,
New Jersey
The Natural History Collection is comprised of approximately 250,000 specimens, which in addition to their scientific significance, also have historic and cultural significance. These collections developed from the holdings of the New Jersey Geological Survey that began systematic surveys of industrial mineralogy and ...
Rutgers Geological MuseumNew Brunswick,
New Jersey
The Rutgers Geology Museum, one of the oldest collegiate geology collections in the United States, was founded by state geologist and Rutgers professor George Hammell Cook in 1872. Its exhibits showcase the natural history of New Jersey; focusing on geology, paleontology, and anthropology. Since its opening, the ...
Sterling Hill Mining MuseumOgdensburg,
New Jersey
Visitors to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum step back in time as they enter the grounds of this former industrial site. The museum exhibits, offices, and other facilities are housed in the original buildings used by the New Jersey Zinc Company when the mine was operational. Most of the on-site structures date from ...

New Mexico

Miles Mineral MuseumPortales,
New Mexico
When Fred Miles and his wife Gladys moved to Roswell, New Mexico in 1928, they began exploring along the Pecos River. There they found beautiful quartz crystals called Pecos Valley Diamonds. This was the beginning of a love affair with minerals and rocks that lasted 40 years and marked the beginning of the Miles ...
New Mexico Bureau of Geology MuseumSocorro,
New Mexico
The mineral museum can trace its origins back to the very beginnings of the New Mexico School of Mines in 1889. The collection was assembled to help in the education of engineers and geologists. It was soon built into one of the finest in the world, winning gold medals at the St. Louis World's Fair 1904 and the ...
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & ScienceAlbuquerque,
New Mexico
The Sherman Dugan Museum of GeologyFarmington,
New Mexico
The Sherman Dugan Museum of Geology is home to an array of exhibits featuring minerals and fossils from around the world, historical mining artifacts, geological and engineering features of petroleum exploration and extraction, and more.

New York

American Museum of Natural HistoryNew York,
New York
Mineral galleries are currently (2017) closed for renovation.
Buffalo Museum of ScienceBuffalo,
New York
Timothy N. Heasley Mineralogy MuseumIthaca,
New York
The Timothy N. Heasley Mineralogy Museum is nestled into the apex of the Snee Hall atrium of Cornell University. Despite its diminutive size, it hosts a surprisingly diverse collection of minerals, fossils, lapidary works and antique instrumentation.

North Carolina

Colburn Earth Sciences MuseumAshville,
North Carolina
Franklin Gem & Mineral MuseumFranklin,
North Carolina
The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum, located in a historic jail in Franklin, North Carolina, houses thousands of specimens of gems, minerals, fossils, Indian artifacts, fluorescent minerals, and sea shells.
Museum of North Carolina MineralsSpruce Pine,
North Carolina
The Museum of North Carolina Minerals highlights the area’s rich mineral resources and the mining heritage. Discover hands-on, interactive exhibits that explore the creation of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the 3,000-year-old saga of mining.
North Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesRaleigh,
North Carolina
Pisgah Astronomical Research InstituteRosman,
North Carolina
A former NASA facility.

Ohio

Cincinnati Museum Center - Museum of Natural History & ScienceCincinnati,
Ohio
Currently (2017) closed for repair and restoration.
Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryCleveland,
Ohio
Karl E. Limper Geology MuseumOxford,
Ohio
The Karl E. Limper Geology Museum, located in Miami University's Shideler Hall, provides displays of quality geological specimens intended to help students and visitors better understand and appreciate basic geological concepts. The Limper Museum contains hundreds of specimens of the world-famous fossils of ...
Orton Geological MuseumColumbus,
Ohio

Oregon

Rice Museum of Rocks & MineralsHillsboro,
Oregon
The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals exists to engage, inspire, and educate generations on the splendor and complexities of our Earth. The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation. ...

Pennsylvania

Carnegie Museum of Natural HistoryPittsburgh,
Pennsylvania
Delaware County Institute of ScienceMedia,
Pennsylvania
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 Samuel Gordon’s 1922 Mineralogy of Pennsylvania. Additionally, specimens brought from the mineral prospects of the West by members of the Delaware County ...

South Dakota

Museum of GeologyRapid City,
South Dakota
Exhibits of mineralogy, featuring minerals of South Dakota (especially the Black Hills) along with worldwide specimens, and paleontology, featuring fossils from the Badlands and surrounding region. Fluorescent mineral exhibit, meteorites, Kids Zone, museum shop. Free admission.

Texas

Houston Museum of Natural ScienceHouston,
Texas
Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to “enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects.” To this very day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with the museum.
Permian Basin Petroleum MuseumMidland,
Texas
The Petroleum Museum’s Mineral Gallery opened in December 2012 to showcase nature’s most beautiful wonders. The gallery brings geology to life with over 90 mineral specimens from across the globe. The exhibit features specimens from the Petroleum Museum’s collection, as well as exquisite pieces on loan from some ...
Perot Museum of Nature and ScienceDallas,
Texas
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas is said to be a "world of wonder" by The Dallas Morning News. Passing the test of school children, inspiring curiosity in all ages and boasting as a living science lesson, this new Museum opened its doors to the public on December 1, ...

Utah

Natural History Museum of UtahSalt Lake City,
Utah
Rough mineral forms are juxtaposed with elegant cut gemstones, all in brilliant colors. Peer in to see minerals that fluoresce and take in 12 vertical feet of minerals suspended before you. The Gems and Minerals exhibition is located in the O.C. Tanner Hall.
Wray Mineral MuseumMilford,
Utah
The Museum of Dr. William B. Wray Jr. ~ his personal collection of rocks, minerals, gems, and fossils fill a two story building, wall to wall.

Vermont

Vermont Museum of Mining and MineralsGrafton,
Vermont
Displays and specimens from all over the Green Mountain state and around the world. Learn about Vermont's rich mining and mineral industries through displays on talc, soapstone, and the world-famous Vermont marble, granite and slate.
Vermont Museum of Mining and MineralsGrafton,
Vermont

Virginia

James Madison University Mineral MuseumHarrisonburg,
Virginia
The James Madison University Mineral Museum is located in Memorial Hall, near entrance E. (Grace St. side of building). The museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30 pm. The museum features over 600 crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world; they are arranged in the following ...
Museum of GeosciencesBlacksburg,
Virginia
The Museum of Geosciences is housed in the Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences and located in 2062 Derring Hall.

Washington

The Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureSeattle,
Washington
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture was founded in 1885. It is the oldest public museum in Washington state and was designated the State Museum in 1899. The Burke is a research- and collections-based museum that serves many audiences and communities, including Washington state residents, tourists and ...

Wisconsin

Earthaven MuseumGillett,
Wisconsin
Learn about rocks, minerals, elements, gemstones, fossils and meteorites via our collection of more than ten thousand specimens and our knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
Weis Earth Science MuseumMenasha,
Wisconsin
The Official Mineralogical Museum of Wisconsin
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