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MINERAL MUSEUMS and EXHIBITS 
OF THE SOUTHEAST

 
ALABAMA
ALABAMA:

Alabama Museum of Natural History
Smith Hall, University of Alabama Main Campus
Box 870340, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

  • Phone: 205-348-9742
  • Free
FLORIDA
Gillespie Museum of Minerals at Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8403, Deland, FL  32720-3757
  • Phone:  904.822.7330
  • World wide collection, Florida specimens, and Fluorescent display

Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida - Powell Hall 
SW 34th Street and Hull Road
PO Box 112710 
Gainesville FL 32611-2710
  • Phone: 352-846-2000
  • Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Sundays & Holidays 1 pm - 5 pm, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
  • Admission is free
  • Powell Hall is located near the intersection of S.W. 34th Street and Hull Road on the western edge of campus in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza.  From U.S. 441, travel west on State Road 24 (Archer Road). Turn north (right) on State Road 121 (S.W. 34th Street). At the third traffic signal, turn east (right) on Hull Road and travel 1/4 of a mile. The entrance to the University of Florida Cultural Plaza is on the south (right) side of Hull Road.

  • (Fossils)
GEORGIA
Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum

Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum will open in Cartersville, GA in 2008.   When completed, Tellus will occupy more than 125,000 square feet and feature galleries devoted to minerals, fossils, transportation technology, and hands-on science experiences.  Tellus will also house the only fully digital planetarium in North Georgia regularly open to the public. 

Tellus will unite under one roof the highly respected collections and programs of the Weinman Mineral Museum and the widely acclaimed science programs of the Resource Center.

  • The Weinman Mineral Gallery - will showcase one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the Southeast, drawing from more than 4,000 rocks, gems, and minerals.
  • The Fossil Gallery - will showcase a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus rex along with other dinosaurs and fossils that will allow visitors to trace the history of life on Earth.
  • My Big Back Yard  - will offer hands-on science exhibits introducing concepts from the physical and life sciences through backyard science experiences.
  • The Transportation Gallery - will allow visitors to relive major developments in science and technology related to automobiles, aircrafts, and space travel.
  • A 120-seat Digital Planetarium featuring a variety of astronomy programs,  stargazing events, and family activities.
  • Great Hall - At the center of the Great Hall will be a 75-foot long Apatosaurus.
DIRECTIONS: Take Georgia Interstate 75 to Exit 293 (Highway 411).  If arriving by  I-75 North, turn left off of the exit; if arriving by I-75 South, turn right.  Turn left on Mineral Museum Drive (beside the Holiday Inn).  The museum will be the next building on the left.
Michelle Pate
Guest Services
Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum
100 Tellus Dr.
P.O. Box 3663
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 386-0576
770-386-0600 (FAX)


University of Georgia Museum of Natural History
East Campus Drive, University of GA, Athens, GA. 30602

Geology Building, Emory University
1557 Pierce Dr., Atlanta, GA.
  • (4 Cases of minerals in Hall)

State Capitol Building
Downtown Atlanta, GA.
3rd Floor. 
  • (Approx. 25 cases of minerals)
KENTUCKY
Clement Mineral Museum
205. N. Walker St. Marion, KY 42064
  • Telephone: 1-270-965-4263 FAX 1-270-965-3083
  • The collection is composed of thousands of fluorite crystal specimens from the CAVE-IN-ROCK, ILLINOIS DISTRICT.

Western Kentucky University Geology Department Hallway
Bowling Green, KY 42101
502-745-0111
  • Anytime the building is open.
  • Minerals & Fossils in hall cabinets.

House of Onyx
120 N. Main, Greenville, KY 42345
  • Phone: 800-844-3100

  • By Appointment.
NORTH CAROLINA
MINERAL & LAPIDARY MUSEUM OF HENDERSON COUNTY, INC.
400 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
The Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum
2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28802 
Phone: (828)254-7162 Fax: (828)251-5652 
  • Mineral Collection: The Museum's primary collection includes some 4,500 specimens from North Carolina and around the world. 
  • Gem Collection: Includes over 1,000 cut gemstones from North Carolina and around the world. 

  • North Carolina Minerals:  Includes a sampling of the over 350 minerals found in North Carolina as well as gems, ores, and historic mining photographs.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The Museum is located on Bicentennial Plaza in downtown Raleigh between the Capitol and the Legislature Building, at the corner of Jones and Salisbury streets. 
  • The new North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences opened its doors to the public Friday, April 7, 2000.  Four floors of exhibits include four great whales, the world's only Acrocanthosaurus and Willo, the dinosaur with a heart!
  • The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' geology collection numbers approximately 7,500 mostly North Carolina specimens.

Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum
The Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin, NC
website: www.fgmm.org
  • Located on Phillips Street, behind Rankin Square, in downtown Franklin
  • The museum is open May 1 through October 31
  • Monday through Saturday - 12 Noon to 4 p.m.
  • November 1 through April 30
  • Open only on Saturdays - Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Telephone:  828.369.7831
  • FREE ADMISSION
  • Always open by request!

Museum of North Carolina Minerals
79 Parkway Rd., (Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 331), Spruce Pine, NC 28777. 
  • Phone: 828-765-2761. 
  • Hours: Sun-Sat 9-5. 
  • Specializing in North Carolina Minerals. Year round. New Exhibits and renovations in 2002.

Natural Science Center of Greensboro
4301 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455
  • tel: (336) 288-3769  fax: (336) 288-0545
  • Hours:  Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00PM, Sunday 12:30 PM -     5:00 PM 
  • Admission:  Adults $ 6.00, Children(13 and under) $ 5.00, Seniors(65 and older) $ 5.00 
  • The Center is accessible from US220, US29, I-40, and I-85. The facility offers plenty of free parking, an indoor area for lunch and is handicap accessible. Adjacent to Country Park, the site also offers outdoor picnic facilities, a modern playground, two small lakes and nature trails. 
  • (Minerals & Fossils)

Shiele Museum of Natural History
1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC. 
  • Phone: 704-866-6900 
  • Hours: M-Sat 9-5, Sun. 1-5
SOUTH CAROLINA
Bob Campbell Geology Museum at Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
  • Where you can explore the many facets of the earth!  See dazzling minerals, fossilized remnants of plants and animals, buried in rock for millions of years, alien rocks from space, minerals that glow in the dark, even samples you can touch.
  • Tours: Schools, clubs and organizations may schedule group tours on Tuesday - Friday mornings to begin anytime between 8:30 and 11:30 am. To arrange a tour, please call the CU Visitor's Center at 864-656-4789.
  • Directions: The museum is located in the South Carolina Botanical Garden on Clemson University's campus


McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina
Bull & Pendleton Sts., Columbia, SC, 29208.
  • Home of the Laurence L. Smith Mineral Collection.
  • (803) 777-7251 (voice)                   New Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, 
  • (803) 777-2829 (fax)                      Sunday 1 - 5 pm, open till 7 pm on Thursdays 
  • ADMISSIONS: Admission is free and open to the public. 

  • PARKING: Metered parking is available on levels 1 and 2 of the Pendleton Street Parking Garage (enter from Pickens Street). 
TENNESSEE
PINK PALACE MUSEUM
3050 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38111-3399
Frank H. McClung Museum
University of Tenessee
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN. 37996-3200
  • TELEPHONE: (865) 974-2144 FAX: (865) 974-3827 
  • E-MAIL: museum@utk.edu 
  • The Museum is OPEN: Monday through Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday: 1:00 to 5:00 pm 
  • The Museum is CLOSED: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Admission to the McClung Museum is always FREE
  • (Tennessee Geology)
VIRGINIA
The James Madison University Mineral Museum
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA. 22807

Located on the top floor of Miller Hall. 
The museum features 500 crystals and gemstones from around the world. 
The collection is composed of the following displays: 

  • Systematic Collection -arranged by chemistry and structure.
  • Locality Collections -Amelia, Va. and Elmwood, TN.
  • Minerals of Virginia -Richard S. Mitchell Memorial Collection
  • Large Specimen Display
  • Fluorescent Display -minerals glow under ultra-violet light

Virginia Museum of Natural History
University of Virginia
104 Emmet St., Charlottesville, VA. 
  • Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30

Virginia Tech Geological Sciences Museum
Derring Hall, Virginia Tech.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Hours: M-F 8-4.
  • FREE

 
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