UA Mineral Museum New Exhibit
Meet the Trilobites: Arizona's First Inhabitants

Long before dinosaurs ruled the earth, the trilobites ruled the seas. Ancient relatives of lobsters and horseshoe crabs, trilobites flourished in the warm seas that covered much of Arizona millions of years ago.

"Meet the Trilobites - Arizona's First Inhabitants" features world-class trilobite fossils from around the globe, recently donated to the University of Arizona by Bob and Margie Hazen. Come travel back in time and discover the wondrous world of Trilobites!

Welcome to the University of Arizona Mineral Museum

The 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

Meet the Trilobites

February 22nd, 2015

Meet the Trilobites – Arizona’s First Inhabitants Long before the dinosaurs ruled the earth, the trilobites ruled the seas. Ancient relatives of lobsters and horseshoe crabs, trilobites flourished in the warm seas that covered much of Arizona millions of years ago. “Meet the Trilobites – Arizona’s First Inhabitants,” the new exhibit at the Flandrau Science [...]

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The Best of the Best

February 12th, 2014

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 [...]

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About Amethyst


Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and is one of the most popular gems. Most amethyst is faceted or cut into cabochons for jewelry. Long, well-shaped crystals come from two Mexican localities, Vera Cruz and Guerrero. The name “amethyst” came from the Greek word “amethustos” which means “not drunken.” In the first century, Pliny wrote that amethyst was so named for its color being nearly the same as that of wine.