Museums
directory of mineralogy museums grouped by country, state and city in alphabetical order:



Virtual Museums

Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame
a web-based resource to recognise the prospectors and miners of Australia

Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy 
includes antiquarian books, goniometers, crystal models, optical and other instruments once used in mineralogy or crystallography


Society of Mineral Museum Professionals

Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP)
the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) is an international organization of mineral museum curators and others with related interests


Argentina

Museo de Mineralogía y Geología "Dr. A.Stelzner" (Córdoba)
mineralogy and geology museum of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

Museo Camín Cosquín (Cosquin)
private mineral museum 

Museo Mineralis (La Cumbrecita)
gems from different countries, minerals, gemological, geological and survey instruments


Australia


New South Wales

Australian Museum (Sydney)
mineralogy, petrology, meteorite and tektite collection 

Queensland

Crystal Caves Museum (Atherton)
private mineralogical collection with over 600 minerals, crystals and fossils on display

Minerals Heritage Museum (Southbank, Brisbane)
run by a not-for-profit small organization. Their goal is to assemble and display a collection of finely crystallized mineral specimens open to the public. They currently have over 700 specimens in the collection

Victoria

Museum of Victoria (Carlton, Melbourne)
the Mineral Collection consists of 50 000 registered specimens from Victorian, Australian and foreign localities

Western Australia

Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum (Crawley)
the Museum is part of the School of Earth and Environment of the University of Western Australia

Western Australian Museum (Perth)
the Earth and Planetary Sciences Dept maintains six Earth Science collections comprising of fossils, minerals, rocks, gems, meteorites and tektites, totalling more than 1.5 million specimens


Austria

Museum Bramberg (Bramberg, Salzburg/Pinzgau)
The museum highlights mainly local Alpine minerals in attractive displays 

Inatura (Dornbirn)
Modern Natural History Museum that has some minerals on display

Krahuletz Museum (Eggenburg)
The museum has permanent displays of mainly local minerals, rocks and fossils

Universalmuseum Joanneum (Graz)
Historical important mineral collection and mineralogical instruments in contemporary show cases on display. Other mineral collections available for research

Tiroler Landesmuseen (Innsbruck)
This provincial museum has a collection of about 2500 mineral specimens

Bergbaumuseum Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt)
Mining museum with a large permanent display of mainly local minerals

Landesmuseum Kärnten (Klagenfurt)
This provincial museum has a collection of about 38000 mineral specimens

Mineralogisches Kabinett der Sternwarte (Kremsmünster)
The second floor houses an 18th century mineral collection on display in its contemporary furniture

Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum (Linz-Leonding)
This provincial museum has a collection of about 8000 mineral specimens

Museum Felberturm (Mittersill, Salzburg/Pinzgau) 
Mostly local (Alpine) minerals on display

Haus der Natur (Salzburg)
Permanent displays of mainly local minerals (including giant quartz crystals), but also worldwide minerals and gems

Landesmuseum Niederösterreich (St. Pölten)
This provincial museum has a collection of about 2000 mineral specimens

Naturhistorishes Museum (Vienna)
Department of Mineralogy and Petrography


Belgium

Musée de l'Iguanodon (Bernissart) 
the Museum of the Iguanodon has mainly fossils, but also some nice minerals on display

Diamantmuseum Brugge (Brugge = Bruges)
the Diamond Museum of Bruges Situated in the centre of Bruges

KBIN - IRSN (Brussels)
the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences runs the national museum of natural sciences which also has a fine Mineral Gallery

Natuurhistorisch Museum Boekenberg (Deurne, Antwerp)
permanent displays focusing on mineralogy, paleontology, archaeology and prehistoric life

Geuldalmuseum (Kelmis) this museum has an important collection of old specimens of local zinc and lead minerals

Museum ACAM (Merksem, Antwerp)
minerals of Belgium and the rest of the world; a large display of fluorescent minerals, also some fossils and temporary exhibits 

Musée du coticule (Salmchâteau) 
coticule is a unique wetstone, found only in Belgium. The museum is located in an authentic coticule workshop and has a small mineral collection on display


Brazil

Museums of Mineralogy and Paleontology in Brazil

Museu de Ciência e Técnica da Escola de Minas (in Portuguese) (Ouro Preto) the excellent mineral museum at the School of Mines in Ouro Preto, with fine collections on display (check the reviews on Tripadvisor)

"Luiz Englert" Mineralogical and Petrological Museum (Porto Alegre)
institute of Geosciences, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil

Museu da Geodiversidade (Rio de Janeiro)
museum of the Geology Department of the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

Museu de Geociências (São Paolo)
Instituto de Geociências da Universidade de São Paulo 


Bulgaria

National Museum of Natural History (Sofia)
Department of Minerals and Rocks


Canada


Alberta

Mineralogy and Petrology Museum (Edmonton) 
like a glistening treasure chest in the basement of the Earth Sciences Building, the museum exhibits approximately 1,000 specimens 

British Columbia

Pacific Museum of Earth (Vancouver) 
the PME has a wealth of mineral displays that highlight the truly spectacular natural beauty on Earth 

Manitoba

Robert B. Ferguson Museum of Mineralogy (Winnipeg)
The collection numbers some 7,500 mineral specimens. Over 15% of these are on display in the hallway of the Wallace Building

Nova Scotia

Museum of Natural History (Halifax)
the Geology Gallery of the museum displays many types of ore, rocks and minerals that can be found in Nova Scotia. 

Ontario

Bancroft Mineral and Mining Museum  (Bancroft)
Mineral Museum of the Bancroft Gem and Mineral Club, opened in 2013

Miller Museum of Geology (Kingston)
An active Earth Science museum with a large display collection of the Earth’s rocks, minerals and fossils

Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa)
Earth Sciences Collection

Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
Close to 3,000 exceptional specimens of minerals, gems, meteorites and rocks on display!

University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum (Waterloo)
Minerals, fossils, meteorites and even a mining tunnel are on display in the Earth Sciences building

Québec

Malartic Mineralogical Museum = Musée Minéralogique de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Malartic)
original exhibits and interactive attractions engage visitors in learning about the many fascinating aspects of minerals

Redpath Museum, McGill University (Montréal)
its mandate is to foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our biological, geological, and cultural heritage through scientific research, collections-based study, and education

Musée de géologie René-Bureau, Université Laval (Québec City)
hosts the largest and oldest geological collections in Quebec. More than 1000 mineral samples from around the world on display. Designed as a teaching collection.


China

Hunan Provincial Museum of Geology (Changsha, Hunan)
Very modern museum with an extensive collection of mainly Chinese minerals on display


Czech Republic

Moravian Museum (Brno)
Department of mineralogy a petrography

Narodni Museum (Prague)
Natural History Museum of the Czech Republic


Denmark

Geological Museum (Copenhagen)
displays a wide range of geological phenomena


Egypt

Egyptian Geological Museum (Cairo)
geological specimens from Egypt and other parts of the world 


France

Musée de minéralogie et de pétrographie (Ambazac, Haute-Vienne) 
about 500 rocks and 3000 minerals (both worldwide and local) are on permanent display in the museum 

Musée des Minéraux Bourg d’Oisans (Bourg d’Oisans, Isère) 
the Museum of Minerals is located in the attic of the church and houses a fine collection of French Alps minerals. 

Musée de la Mine du Cap Garonne (Cap Garonne, Var)
the old copper mine of Cap Garonne is turned into a museum

Musée des Cristaux (Chamonix)
minerals of the (French) Alps

Musée Crozatier (Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire)
the museum has a nice mineral collection. Closed for renovation till the end of 2015 !

Collection de Minéraux (Paris)
the mineral collection at the University P. and M. Curie (Sorbonne)

Musée de minéralogie (Paris)
the mineral collection of the School of Mines of Paris (École des Mines de Paris)

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris)
the French national Natural History Museum

Terrae Genesis (Saint-Amé, Vosges)
rocks of the Vosgian Massif, minerals, fossils


Germany

list of mineralogical museums and university collections in Germany

Gesteins- und Mineraliensammlung Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin)
rock and mineral collection of the Freie Universität Berlin

Mineralogische Sammlungen Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin)
the collection of the TU Berlin consist of many diverse sub-collections, some started as early as 1781!

Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (Bochum)
largest mining museum in Europe, with detailed displays of all kinds of ore deposits, as well as systematic minerals displays and a huge section on mining lamps, and much, much more

Mineralogisch-Petrologisches Institut und Museum (Bonn)
mineralogical institute and museum at the University of Bonn

Mineralienkabinett (deutsch) Mineral Gallery (english) (Bremen)
pictures of common minerals according to the classification of Strunz. Universität Bremen

Clausthal Mineral Collection (Clausthal-Zellerfeld)
mineral collection of the Technische Universität Clausthal

Schwerspatmuseum Dreislar (Dreislar, Sauerland)
mineral museum mainly focussed on the barite with chalcopyrite specimens found at this classic locality 

Geowissenschaftlichen Sammlungen der TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Freiberg)
minerals, rocks, fosils, etc.

Krugerhaus (Freiberg)
without doubt the best collection of German minerals on display in a single museum

Terra Mineralia (Freiberg)
experience a mind blowing mineral journey around the world at the Freudenstein Castle in Freiberg

Mineralogisches Museum der Universität Hamburg (Hamburg)
approximately 1500 mineralogical objects are exhibited

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe)
the mineral collection of the museum counts about 40 000 specimens

Geologisches und Mineralogisches Museum (Kiel)
geological and mineralogical museum of the University of Kiel

Mineralogisches Museum (Marburg)
nice mineral museum of the Philipps-Universität located in Marburg

Mineralogische Staatssammlung München (München) 
Museum Reich der Kristalle with minerals, gems, meteorites, temporary exhibits

Mineralogisches Museum der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität (Münster)
minerals, including a systematic collection according to Strunz 

Mineralienmuseum Oberwolfach (Oberwolfach)
mining and mineralogy museum, including a collection of minerals from the Black Forrest (Schwarzwald)

Public and private collections in Oberpfalz-Nord 
linked list of public and private collections in this area of Germany 

Vulkanhaus Strohn (Strohn)
museum focussed on volcanism

Deutsches Goldmuseum 
gold geology, history, exploration, mining


Greece

Milos mining museum (Adamas, Milos)
local mining museum with quite a few interesting Greek minerals on display

Museum of Mineralogy and Petrology (Athens)
faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment of the Athens University. The oldest Museum of Greece. Collections were established in 1835

Stamatiadis Mineralogy and Paleontology Museum (Rhodes)
both local, Greek and worldwide mineral specimens on display


Hungary

Herman Otto Museum (Miskolc)
collection of Hungarian minerals

Ásványmúzeum (Siófok)
Mineral Museum of the Carpathian Basin - Kövecses Collection


Iceland

Huldustein (Höfn)
the museum has a nice collection of rocks and minerals of mainly Iceland on display


Ireland

Natural History Museum of the National Museum of Ireland (Dublin)
the Royal Dublin Society was founded in 1731 and started collecting minerals soon after. Today, these specimens are part of the Natural History collections of this museum


Israel

Mineralogy and Petrology collection of the Hebrew University (Jerusalem)
this collection consists of over 6,500 mineral specimens from all over the world and more than 13,000 rock samples from Israel and other countries


Italy

Naturmuseum Südtirol - Museo di Scienze Naturali (Bolzano)
the museum includes a mineral collection of about 9000 specimens

Museo Mineralogico Naturalistico di Bormio (Bormio)
minerals from the Alps and from abroad

Museo Mineralogia e Litologia di Firenze (Florence)
mineralogical Mmuseum of the University of Florence as part of the Museo di Storia Naturale

Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano (Milan)
Italian minerals are well represented in this natural history museum, along with specimens from Madagascar, Malawi, Faeroe Islands, etc. 

Museo di Archeologia e Scienze Naturali "G. Zannato" (Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza)
archeology and natural history museum, also with mineralogy collections and exhibits 

Museo di Mineralogia, Università degli Studi di Padova (Padua)
the museum hosts mineral specimens from all over the world, including some notable collections from Faroe Islands, Elba Island and Tirol

Museo di Mineralogia, Universita "La Sapienza" (Roma/Rome)
the museum was founded in 1804 and today houses about 34 000 mineral specimens

Museum Kirchler (St.Johann, Ahrntal, Italy) 
about 1000 beautiful Alpine specimens found in the Eastern Alps are on display 


Japan

Yamanashi Gem Museum (Kawaguchi-ko)
gem and mineral museum, with both Japanese and worldwide minerals. Labels almost exclusively in Japanese

Masutomi Geology Museum (Kyoto)
rock and mineral museum. Most labels also mention the mineral names in English

National Museum of Nature and Science (Tokyo)
the museum also has quite a few minerals on display

Geological Museum (Tsukuba Science City)
Geological Survey of Japan


Lebanon

mim museum (Beirut)
museum showing the private collection of exquisite mineral specimens of Mr. Salim Eddé


Luxemburg

Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle (Luxembourg)
the museum has quite a few exceptional mineral specimens on permanent display


Netherlands

Kristalmuseum Borculo (Borculo)
minerals, crystals, gems, fossils

Oertijdmuseum De Groene Poort (Boxtel)
the Oertijdmuseum is the largest geology museum of the Netherlands, with permanent displays of fossils, rocks and minerals 

De Oude Aarde (Giethoorn)
minerals, fossils

Mineralogisch Museum Grou (Grou, Friesland)
the museum has about 40 display cases showing minerals from all over the world 

Teylers Museum (Haarlem)
mineralogical collection from the 18th century in the oval room 

Geologisch Museum Hofland (Laren, Noord Holland)
rocks, fossils, minerals, geology

Naturalis (Leiden)
unfortunately not that many minerals; plenty of fossils, dinosaurs (including a T-rex) and geology

Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht (Maastricht)
mostlty geology and fossils

Gelders Geologisch Museum (Velp)
the museum has a nice mineral collection on display (arranged according to Strunz). It also has micromineral collections that can be studied on the spot


Norway

Geology Museum (Oslo)
the geology museum of the University of Oslo houses both a fossil and a mineral exhibition 


Peru

Mineralogy and Geology Museums in Lima, Peru 
Detailed information on the 4 Mineralogy and Geology Museums located in Lima, Peru:
- Museo Andrés Del Castillo
- Museo de Mineralogía y Paleontología
- Museo Geologico “George Petersen”
- Museo “Mina Modelo”


Romania

Mineralogisches Museum Baia Mare (Baia Mare)
over 1500 mineral specimens

Museum of Mineralogy (Cluj-Napoca)
mineralogy museum of the Babes-Bolyai University


Russia

Fersman Mineralogical Museum (Moscow)
worldwide mineral collections include more then 135 000 items


South Africa

Bleloch Geological Museum (Johannesburg)
this Museum of the University of Witwatersrand houses a spectacular collection of rock and mineral specimens

National Geoscience Museum (Pretoria)
the South African National Geoscience Museum was established in 1897, with its doors being opened to the public for the first time in 1905


Spain

Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Álava)
a natural history museum located in Northern Spain. Over 90% of the 8500 specimens are Spanish and more than 1600 species are present

Museo Mollfulleda de Mineralogia (Arenys de Mar)
a fairly small but very cosy mineral museum, based on the private collection of Joaquim Mollfulleda i Borrell

Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Barcelona)
opened in 2011, it shows one of the most complete mineral collections in Spain, containing around 14,000 specimens 

Museo Geominero (Madrid)
part of the Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, this museum houses over 150 years of Spanish geological research. The mineral collection has over 12000 specimens, of which about 3500 are on display

Museo Historico-Minero Don Felipe de Borbón (Madrid)
museum of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 


Sweden

Swedish Museum of Natural History (Stockholm)
department of mineralogy


Switzerland

Goldmuseum Siber+Siber (Aathal)
the impressive gold collection of the company Siber+Siber is on public display

Natural History Museum (Bern)
minerals, including those from the Swiss Alps 

Binn Regionalmuseum (Binn)
the basement of this museum has an extensive display of minerals from the Binn Valley. Lengenbach minerals are well represented 

Mineralien-Museum Cristallina (Disentis/Mustér)
around 500 specimens of minerals from regional localities

Musée Cantonal de Géologie (Lausanne)
Alpine and other minerals

Uri's crystal museum (Seedorf)
said to be the most exceptional and fascinating mineral museum in Switzerland

ETH Earth Sciences Collections (Zurich)
collections were started in 1746 and are still going strong today. Many specimens can be seen online as well


Turkey

Museum of Geosciences of the Onsekiz Mart University (Canakkale)
its primarily aim is to serve students and lovers of nature exhibiting the collections of the various types of minerals, rocks, gemstones and fossils


United Kingdom

Sedgwick Museum, University of Cambridge (Cambridge)
originating in the 17th century, this historically important collection contains around 50,000 minerals from around the world in a wonderful contemporary setting

National Museum Wales (Cardiff, Wales)
Department of Geology

Treasures of the Earth (Corpach, Scotland)
quote from their website: "One of Europe’s finest private collections of crystals, gemstones and fossils"

National Museums of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland)
minerals, gemstones and rocks

Museum of lead mining (Leadhills, Scotland)
including a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside where visitors can experience the thrill of going underground

Natural History Museum (London)
mineralogy department 

Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Oxford)
around 30 000 specimens from localities worldwide 

Staffin Museum (Staffin, Island of Skye, Scotland)
the museum displays dinosaur fossils, stone age artefacts, minerals, crystals and agricultural implements



USA


Arizona

University of Arizona Mineral Museum (Tucson)
located in the Flandrau Science Center, the collection currently represents 1,561 different species with over 2,000 minerals on display

California

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Los Angeles
mineral sciences exhibits, including a systematic mineral display

California State Mining and Mineral Museum (Mariposa)
on the importance of mining and minerals to the history of California

San Diego Natural History Museum (San Diego)
minerals from southern California and minerals from around the world, including about 15000 specimens of minerals and precious gems

California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco)
collection of about 40,000 mineral specimens. A new permanent mineral display will open in Sept 2016 in the third floor gallery at the Academy

Colorado

Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver)
Department of Earth Sciences

Geology Museum at the Colorado School of Mines (Golden)
approximately 50,000 minerals, fossils, gemstones, and artifacts

Connecticut

Peabody Museum of Natural History (New Haven)
Yale University

Delaware

Mineralogical Museum (Newark)
mineralogical museum of the University of Delaware

Georgia

Tellus Science Museum (White, Georgia)
Georgia gems, minerals, & fossils

Illinois

Field Museum (Chicago)
minerals, gems, jade

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (Elmhurst)
more than 200 pieces of jade and other hard stone carvings from around the world

Fryxell Geology Museum at the Augustana College (Rock Island)
the museum, named after Dr. Fritiof Fryxell, has become one of the largest and finest collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in the Midwest

Kentucky

Clement Mineral Museum (Marion)
a collection composed of thousands of fluorite crystal specimens 

Massachusetts

Rausch Mineral Gallery, University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
located in the Department of Geosciences, the Gallery displays more than 250 superb specimens from the mineral collection of the late Professor Marvin Rausch

Harvard Mineralogical & Geological Museum (Cambridge)
about 4,000 of the finest specimens are displayed in the mineral gallery

Michigan

Seaman Mineral Museum (Houghton)
the official Mineral Museum of Michigan. An extensive worldwide mineral collection with a world-class suite of specimens from Michigan and the Great Lakes region

Montana

BMG Museum (Butte)
the museum of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology now holds about 13,000 specimens, of which about 1000 are on display

Nebraska

University of Nebraska State Museum (Lincoln)
this natural history museum also houses rocks and minerals displays

Nevada

W. M. Keck Museum (Reno)
Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores and photographs, in addition to mining related relics

New Jersey

Franklin Mineral Museum (Franklin)
over 4000 mineral specimens on systematic display, including fluorescent minerals

The Sterling Hill Mining Museum  (Ogdensburg)
fluorescent minerals; part of The Sterling Hill Mining Museum

New Mexico

Mineralogical Museum (Socorro)
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources

New York

New York State Museum (Albany)
the mineral collection of the New York State Museum contains approximately 30000 specimens 

American Museum of Natural History (New York City)
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Collections of minerals, gems, meteorites, ores, rocks, and xenoliths

North Carolina

Colburn Earth Science Museum (Asheville)
mineral crystals and gemstones from North Carolina and around the world

Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County (Hendersonville)
minerals of North Carolina, geodes, fossils

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh)
the geology collection numbers approximately 7500 mostly North Carolina specimens

Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Cleveland)
Department of Mineralogy. Approximately 35,000 specimens of minerals, rocks, ores, lapidary arts, gemstones and meteorites from locations all over the world

Oregon

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals (Hillsboro)
rocks and minerals

Pennsylvania

The Bryn Mawr College Mineral Collections (Bryn Mawr)
one of the finest collections in the USA of minerals from Pennsylvania and around the world. There are 1500 minerals on exhibit

Delaware County Institute of Science (Media)
the displays and research collections of minerals include many from famous localities in Delaware County, United States and the World

Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh)
Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems

Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery (University Park)
collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils totaling over 22000 specimens

Texas

Texas Memorial Museum (Austin)
the Texas Memorial Museum on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin contains minerals, meteorites, and fossils

Perot Museum of Nature and Sciences (Dallas)
fairly new museum with a nice mineral building with many fabulous displays

Houston Museum of Natural Science (Houston)
more than 750 beautifully crystallized mineral specimens, including some of the world's rarest and most beautiful examples

The Petroleum Museum (Midland)
the Petroleum Museum’s Mineral Gallery opened in December 2012 to showcase nature’s most beautiful wonders

Utah

Utah Museum of Natural History (Salt Lake City)
more than 5000 specimens from all over the world, including Utah and surrounding regions

Virginia

Museum of Geosciences (Blacksburg)
housed by the Department of Geosciences of Virginia Tech.

James Madison University Mineral Museum (Harrisonburg)
over 500 crystals and gemstones from around the world

Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)
the Smithsonian has many must see exhibits of minerals, gems, rocks, volcanoes, and meteorites

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Geology Museum (Madison)
free to visit, welcomes visitors of all ages. Come discover the amazing history, geology and mineralogy of our planet

Weis Earth Science Museum (Menasha)
walk through a lead-mine tunnel, explore Wisconsin's mining history, discover how Native Americans mined copper, learn how we use rocks and minerals, marvel at beautiful minerals

Milwaukee Public Museum (Milwaukee)
the MPM's geology collections had their origin in the 1850s. Today they house about 35,000 rocks, minerals and meteorites