Get to know The Nat’s sparkly side when we reveal some of the best, brightest, and most spectacular selections from our collection of more than 15,000 gems and minerals. We’ll be putting them on display in Gems and Minerals, a brand-new exhibition opening November 2018, giving visitors lots of tasty eye candy to enjoy during their visit to the Museum.
From the brilliant blue of azurite to deep greens of an emerald, gems and minerals offer some of the most eye-popping colors and forms found in nature—some of them even glow in the dark.
San Diego County is one of the best-known gem-producing regions in the world, and visitors will get to check out some of these local riches—luminous quartz, gleaming topaz, and the signature watermelon-pink tourmalines that have brought fame to San Diego mines.
Minerals are valuable to us for different reasons—for their beauty and rarity, of course, but they also have practical uses. The roads we drive on, the buildings we live in, and the technology we hold in our hands all depend on minerals. Whether it’s the sparkle or the science that captures your imagination, the gems and minerals on display are sure to dazzle.
Gems and Minerals will be vertically aligned on four floors in the northwest corner of the Museum. This exhibition will be included with general admission and free for members.