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NHMLA's gem and mineral collection of about 150,000 specimens is the most significant in the country, west of the Smithsonian. See More


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The Gem & Mineral Council is a support organization for the Mineral Sciences Department and the Gem & Mineral Hall.  To learn more about how to join, visit The Gem & Mineral Council webpage.


New Acquisitions

Thanks to the support of donors, endowments, and our Gem & Mineral Council, the Gem and Mineral Collection of NHMLA has grown over the years. We are always looking for new donors to continue building our collection. We make a point at always recognizing our donors: the name of the donor (if she/he agrees) will be displayed with the specimen in our Museum! Two easy ways to help us: join the Gem & Mineral Council and adopt a mineral!

2015 Acquisitions

Tarbuttite on Hydroxylapatite and Hemimorphite


Skorpion Mine, Rosh Pinah, Luderitz District, Karas, Namibia. Gem and Mineral Council Purchase

7 x 4 x 2.5 cm


Plumbogummite ps. after Pyromorphite

Yangshou Mine, China. Gem and Mineral Council Purchase

10 x 6 x 5 cm