Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, American Museum of Natural History, NYC. It’s hard to associate some of these raw minerals to what might become a soft, finely-polished gemstone.
Minerals and gems have been part of the Museum since it opened in 1869; currently, the museum’s collections total in excess of 100,000 minerals and 3,700 gems. Approximately 5,000 specimens are exhibited in the Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals and the J.P. Morgan Hall of Gems. Implementation of a new collections cataloging and data base system is complete and the catalog will eventually be made available for examination over the Internet.