Marvel at nearly 400 dazzling and dramatic specimens from the Academy's geology collection—from iconic gems to newly-displayed natural wonders.

Where molten rock cools and salt water evaporates, minerals form. These dynamic processes create incredible minerals diverse in color and texture. From silver and copper to amethyst and azurite, they’re as essential to our daily lives as they are brilliant and beautiful.

In this colorful exhibit, touch sparkling specimens, see a giant quartz crystal up close, and discover minerals that glow fluorescent under UV light. Learn about minerals in your everyday life, present in products from smartphones to toothpaste, and be inspired by the beauty and creativity of dazzling gems and decorative objects from our anthropology collection.