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 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

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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UA Mineral Museum Receives Its Largest Donation of Minerals Ever

July 30th, 2013

The 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 [...]

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What is a mineral?


A naturally occurring inorganic element or compound having an orderly internal structure and characteristic chemical composition, crystal form, and physical properties.