Treasures From the Mineral Vault
Specimen Spotlight: Treasures From the Mineral Vault is an intimate exhibit featuring nearly 50 minerals from the Academy’s famous collection. Straight from a real vault, the specimens glitter with other-worldly colors, varied shapes and forms, and the ability to convey the awesome force and output of our planet. View minerals of vivid yellow, forest green, deep red, and radiant purple, and discover how they were formed millions of years ago deep within the earth. Find out why some minerals sparkle and others are shaped like cubes and prisms. Learn the difference between a rock and a mineral. From varieties of quartz to calcite, fluorite, and feldspar, the Academy's minerals take the stage—some for the first time in decades.