New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources -

Mineral Museum

2019 Special Exhibitors

Barite on Calcite

Montreal Mine, Iron Cty, WI

Watercolor by Fred Wilda

Welcome to the Land of Enchantment!


The New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) Mineral Museum is the featured exhibitor at the East Coast Gem & Mineral Show, August 9th-11th, 2019. Exceptional exhibits will highlight the mineralogical diversity of the state in addition to fine specimens from around the world.


Minerals from major New Mexico mining districts will be presented in thematic displays.  Some highlights include copper crystals and secondary copper minerals from the Chino and Tyrone mines, zinc and skarn minerals from Fierro-Hanover, world famous Kelly mine smithsonites, fluorites from the Hansonburg district  (even some mined this year!), and pegmatite minerals from the famous Harding mine. New Mexico meteorites and petrified wood specimens will also be featured.


Regional displays will also highlight minerals uniquely New Mexican, such as Pecos Valley diamonds (quartz) and Carlsbad salt deposits that include blue halite and the world’s finest aphthitalite crystals. Other exhibits include uranium minerals from the San Juan basin and artifacts from the first atomic bomb explosion at the Trinity site.  A case of world famous agates from the Deming area, as well as a selection of New Mexico lapidary art materials will be on display. Exceptional mineral specimens from lesser known New Mexico localities will also be highlighted.  Specimens from the other 4-corners states and Mexico will illustrate the mineral wealth which also surrounds New Mexico. 


The Mineral Museum was founded concurrently with the establishment of the New Mexico School of Mines, and has maintained a collection since 1889 when New Mexico was still a territory. The nascent museum won a number of awards for display excellence at world’s fairs and exhibitions of the early 1900s. The museum currently holds over 19,000 specimens mainly focused on New Mexico, but also has exceptional and diverse specimens from around the world. The museum regularly exhibits at the Tucson and Denver mineral shows.

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology is a research and public service division at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro and is the geological survey for the state. Over 50 geoscientists work at the “Bureau” in almost all disciplines of geology. Some of the Bureau’s products and services will also be on display at the show.