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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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  • This museum is fun and interesting. It is small, but full of details. We enjoy the gift shop regularly for Keweenaw gift shopping for out-of-state family!  more »
  • Very interesting visit with a outstanding gift shop that could be a Museum by it's self. spent over 3 hrs when we thought we would be here for about 30 mins  more »
  • Believe largest mineral museum in the world! It is so educational and some rocks and gems in the collection are just stunning! A must stop when in the area!  more »
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  • A lot to see here. The displays look good and informative. A must-see for any rock hounds out there.
  • Excellent display of minerals. Was very impressed with the variety and quality.
  • Very nice selection of specimens; pleasant viewing. Beautiful florescent display!
  • The exhibits are very well done. Lots of local, regional and global appeal. If in the Copper Country, this is a must visit.
  • Informative and beautiful. Must see if in Houghton