UA Mineral Museum New Exhibit
Crystalline Treasures: The Mineral Heritage of China
The UA Mineral Museum’s is proud to showcase an amazing collection of minerals and gems from China. Like fireworks from underground, the dazzling colors and shimmering crystals of these newly discovered minerals from will amaze you. Now Open!
Welcome to the University of Arizona Mineral MuseumThe Museum is dedicated to providing public education and the preservation of minerals and meteorites while also serving the research needs of professionals, students and collectors. The collection is world-wide in scope, but with specific emphasis on minerals from Arizona and Mexico.
Funded through Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, and sponsored in part by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society
UA Mineral Museum Receives Its Largest Donation of Minerals Ever
July 30th, 2013The UA department of geosciences’ Mineral Museum recently received the largest single donation in the museum’s history – more than 8,000 mineral samples, including about 1,000 species the museum did not have. The donated samples will be used for research and may help identify rocks on Mars. The University of Arizona’s Mineral Museum recently received the largest [...] » Read more...
Minerals of China
June 17th, 2013Don’t miss our new exhibit, “Crystalline Treasures: the Mineral Heritage of China. You’ll see astonishing mineral specimens from China that have never been seen before in a public exhibition. And you’ll learn about the ancient history and culture of China, a civilization that goes back five thousand years, a civilization that changed the world with [...] » Read more...
Quartz is the most abundant single mineral on earth. It makes up about 12% of the earth’s crust. It’s no wonder that quartz has gained the reputation of being the “chameleon” of gemstones. Pure quartz often called “rock crystal” was used in ancient times to make crystal balls and bowls.