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About the Museum

The Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA, is a unique mineral museum. Our main gallery display includes displays of fine minerals such as azurite and "velvet" malachite from Bisbee, Arizona, and amazonite crystals from the Pikes' Peak, Colorado, area. In addition to collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils totaling more than 22,000 specimens, the Museum maintains collections of glasses, ceramics, metals, plastics, synthetic materials, old mining and scientific equipment, and archaeological artifacts. Many of these specimens are on display while the others are available for research and educational purposes.

The country's most extensive collection of paintings and sculpture depicting mining and related industries is on display in the Museum. Also, the Museum houses the world's most extensive collection of mineral properties exhibits. These "push-button" electro-mechanical exhibits demonstrating dozens of the electrical, optical, and physical properties of minerals and materials such as fluorescence, radioactivity, magnetism, conductivity, flexibility, triboluminescence, piezoelectricity, double refraction, resistivity, and much more. Other displays include a collection of more than 100 mine safety lamps and scientific instruments and specimens belonging to Frederick Augustus Genth, the famous mineralogist. The Museum serves both as a teaching tool for University courses and as an educational institution, bringing to the general public an appreciation for minerals, mining, and the materials sciences. Stop in for a visit soon!