"Minerals and Meteorites" is an expansive display of rare minerals and meteorites on the museum's 3rd floor. The exhibit contains specimens from the collections of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, the Lincoln Gem and Mineral Club, and material on loan from private individuals.
"Minerals and Meteorites" showcases the incredible diversity of minerals on our planet and elsewhere in the solar system. Large displays, in brilliant hues, explain the vast array of chemical structures and properties which determine how minerals are classified. A black-light room displays glowing, fluorescent minerals. Several spectacular meteorites, which were discovered in places ranging from Argentina to Nebraska, are on public display for the first time. Other rare specimens include a 300-pound amethyst cathedral pair, a 350-pound smoky quartz cluster, and the 165-pound Bayard Meteorite, found near the Nebraska town. The exhibit also explores the ways minerals affect our daily lives.
The exhibit is made possible in part through a grant from the Lancaster County Visitors Improvement Fund.