UA Mineral Museum New Exhibit
The Best of the Best: Prize Minerals from the Vaults of Arizona's Collectors
More of the world’s top mineral collectors call Arizona home than anywhere else in the world. Never before have so many of these exquisite minerals, from so many of the finest collections, been brought together in one place. And better yet, you’ll hear the stories behind the minerals – the hunt, the passion, the astonishing science. Now open through December 2014.
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
The Best of the Best
February 12th, 2014THE BEST OF THE BEST: PRIZE MINERALS FROM THE VAULTS OF ARIZONA’S COLLECTORS More of the world’s top mineral collectors call Arizona home than anywhere else in the world. Never before have so many of these exquisite minerals, from so many of the finest collections, been brought together in one place. And better yet, you’ll [...] » Read more...
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...
The mineral litharge, chemical formula PbO, forms when lead ores such as galena oxidize. It gets its name from the Greek word lithargyros, for rock silver, because the mineral was produced when metallurgists separated silver from lead ores. It was first named in 1917, though its existence has likely been known for nearly 2000 years.