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 mineral museum showcases incredible minerals specimens not only copper minerals from the region, but from around the world. It's always a treat to enter and to be in awe of the beauty of so many ...  more »
  • Was well worth the stop during our weekend in the UP. Would recommend. Only $8 per person. Not a spot for small children.  more »
  • We walked around the outside area for free. Looked at the rock specimens in the outdoor garden area, saw the huge piece of copper outside. There is an admission to go into the museum in the gift shop....  more »
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  • Beautiful rocks and minerals on display. World class copper displays and a cool viewing room of a type of rock that glows under certain light conditions. A great place to visit with friends or family or anyone who finds rocks somewhat interesting. It's well organized and the gift shop is reasonably priced.
  • World class museum. So many rare and unusual minerals. Really cool and even my kids love it.
  • Wonderful set up. Gift shop in the front with a diverse set of stone jewelry, figurines, bookends, bath bombs, etc. There's something for every rock lover. The museum itself has a great set up and wonderful specimens. It's easy to follow the flow of the museum and pick and choose where to spend your time.
  • Absolutely fantastic display, sorry we postponed our visit for so long. We'll be back with friends and family.
  • This place is amazing so many different gems! I highly recommend going here! Also stop st the shop and get a surprise bag it has lots of cool things.... in mine I paid 5 dollars and got a gem worth 20 dollars!
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