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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  • August 11, 2017
    Expect to spend at least a couple hours, if it more, viewing the amazing exhibit of beautiful rocks and gems, fossils, as well as some interesting information about the history of mining in the Great ...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    We traveled here two hours because of a brochure that my rock-loving 9yo picked up in Iron Mountain. We're so glad we made the trip (we also made other stops). This museum is located on the upper Mich...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    I had visited this museum years ago when it was on Michigan Tech campus and loved it. The new dedicated museum building is even better. More rocks on display and beautifully laid out. They whole famil...  more »
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  • May 7, 2017
    A lot to see here. The displays look good and informative. A must-see for any rock hounds out there.
  • July 10, 2017
    Excellent display of minerals. Was very impressed with the variety and quality.
  • May 27, 2017
    Very nice selection of specimens; pleasant viewing. Beautiful florescent display!
  • May 2, 2017
    The exhibits are very well done. Lots of local, regional and global appeal. If in the Copper Country, this is a must visit.
  • June 1, 2017
    Informative and beautiful. Must see if in Houghton

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