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Mineral Museum of Michigan, Houghton

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The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, currently located on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, is the official mineral museum of the state of Michigan and is a heritage site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The museum is named for professor Arthur Edmund Seaman, who worked at Michigan Tech in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was the museum's curator from 1928–1937.The mineral collection was established in the 19th century, and by 1890 numbered 27,000 specimens. The museum currently houses over 25,000 specimens from around the world. Many of these specimens are native generally to Michigan, and more specifically to the Lake Superior region.HistoryThe mineral museum first became a reality in 1902, when it was set up in the former Qualitative Laboratory room in Hubbell Hall on Michigan Tech's campus. In 1908, a separate building (which would later become Tech's Administration Building) was constructed for the museum. The museum fully occupied the second floor of the building. In 1931, the museum was moved to Hotchkiss Hall. The museum was renamed the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in 1932.On 17 June 1976 the museum moved to the fifth floor of the Electrical Energy Resource Center at Michigan Tech, built on the site of Hotchkiss Hall. In 2011, the museum moved to a new building, Thomas D Shaffner Hall, across from the Advanced Technology Development Complex. It is named for Thomas Shaffner, a Michigan Tech alumnus who donated $1 million for the new museum.
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  • Great place to stop to get a pretty good idea of the numerous mineral specimens that can be prospected in the local area. Another awesome aspect of this museum is that they have a gift shop that you c...  more »
  • These rocks and minerals are so interesting, enormously varied, often gorgeous. This museum in its new location is very easy to get to, plenty of parking just steps from the door, much more accessible...  more »
  • You don't have to be a geologist to be awed by this museum. It has a tremendous collection of minerals including many spectacularly beautiful ones. I think it's better than the Field museum of Chicago...  more »
  • If you find rocks/minerals interesting, definitely consider stopping by this museum! It was very inexpensive to get in and although I personally don't find rocks/minerals interesting, it was all very pretty and cool to wander around the museum.
  • This museum is wonderfully informative and has very beautiful specimens! It took a few hours for my family to go through as we carefully read all signage and did not rush through. This is a great rainy day activity... but don't miss it just because it's not raining.
  • Very very very amazing specimens, amazing display. So much fun and so much to learn here. The shop is great, too. The cashier was very nice. The jewelry was pretty. Everything here was and is awesome.
  • The biggest collection of rocks, minerals, and neat stones this side of the ground. Definitely spend some time here to learn about what makes our Earth (and the local area) so amazing.
  • Great collection of minerals, and my kids love the gift shop.