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Left to right: Imperial topaz - Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil; Epidote - Rehoboth, Namibia; Gold - Grounghog mine, Gilman, Colorado; Benitoite - San Benito County, California
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Gem and Mineral Hall

The 6,000-square-foot Gem and Mineral Hall was opened in May of 1978 and is one of the finest permanent museum exhibitions of any kind in the Los Angeles area.


About Mineral Sciences


Gaidonnayite and Nuclear Waste


The Mineral Sciences Department curates a world-class collection that includes minerals, rocks, gems, ores, and meteorites and conducts research focusing on furthering scientific understanding of these materials. The department actively maintains the Museum's world renowned Hall of Gems and Minerals and provides general and scientific programming through the Museum's Gem and Mineral Council.

We have numerous blogs that focus on specific aspects of our collections, reserach, or events that are taking place.  Check out the links below to find out more information about what we do!  We are always updating our Instagram, Medium, and Spark with new photos and topical discussions.



Winter Exhibit: 2018-2019

Art of the Jewel: the Crevoshay collection
Check out the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals wulfenite virtual exhibt

Learn More about Us

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Our most recent Gem & Mineral Council Newsletter is below.

Gem and Mineral Council Newsletter 2018-10



Mineral Sciences Staff

Aaron Celestian, Ph.D., Associate Curator

E-mail: acelesti@nhm.org
Find more about Aaron at  Medium / ResearchGate / Google Scholar

Alyssa R. Morgan, MS, Collections Manager

E-mail: amorgan@nhm.org

Biographical information

Anthony R. Kampf, Ph.D., Curator Emeritus

E-mail: akampf@nhm.org

Biographical information / Research