Do you remember the old Gems & Minerals Hall at the Academy? We've brought these collections back on display, in a whole new light!
In this colorful exhibit, touch sparkling specimens, see a giant quartz crystal up close, and discover minerals that glow fluorescent under UV light.
Some highlights include:
- Learning about minerals in your everyday life, present in products from smartphones to toothpaste
- Being inspired by the beauty and creativity of dazzling gems and decorative objects from our anthropology collection
- Understanding how plants and animals also make minerals, and some marine organisms like diatoms, corals, sponges, and mollusks build their shells and skeletons out of them
- Exploring why some minerals always stay true to their color, but others vary based on the presence of other elements or minerals
To find the gallery, you'll head up the staircase to Level 3!