The mission of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery is to preserve and promote the diverse collections of Penn State’s College of Earth & Mineral Sciences by serving as an informed resource for science and art education for learners and educators in the broader community. The museum serves the community by illuminating the process of science and its outcomes, providing educational and research resources, and communicating the research conducted within the college.
About the Museum & Art Gallery
The Museum & Art Gallery was established in 1859 when the Pennsylvania State Legislature consigned one of four cabinets of the state’s mineralogical and geological collection to Farmers’ High School—the institution that became Pennsylvania State College and then the Pennsylvania State University.
Learn about the EMS Museum & Art Gallery's permanent, traveling, online, and upcoming exhibitions.
Learn about our collections, including the Edward Steidle Art Collection and collections of minerals, mine lamps, fossils, and materials.
Education and Outreach
Learn about our educational activities, like workshops, conferences, teacher trainings, field trips, and others.
Learn more about the EMS Museum & Art Gallery's events.
Learn about our hours, location, parking, etc.
Support the Museum & Art Gallery
Interested in supporting the EMS Museum & Art Gallery? Learn how you can become a friend of the Museum.
Meet the Advisory Board
The Museum & Art Gallery's Advisory Board supports the museum in carrying out its mission and serves in an advisory capacity to the museum and the museum director.
Contact Museum & Art Gallery Staff
Have a question about the EMS Musuem & Art Gallery? Contact the museum staff.