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Frank de Wit:
JMU Mineral Museum re-opens
Rare mineral collection sure to ‘wow’ visitors
The James Madison University Mineral Museum is re-opening its doors and offering the public a first look at the extraordinary collection of mineral specimens in the Peter L. Via Collection. Very few people have seen the Collection, which though well-known within the minerology community was previously privately held.
The Peter L. Via Collection, which has 378 individual specimens on display from 24 states and 39 countries, is one of four collections on display at the Mineral Museum, including a collection of fluorescent minerals. Overall, the museum holds more than 1,770 cataloged specimens from five different collections, including Via’s. It is home to the definitive Virginia Mineral Collection.

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Frank de Wit:
James Madison University

James Madison University Mineral Museum

Dr. Lance E. Kearns, Curator
Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences
MSC 6903 James Madison University

Memorial Hall, near entrance E
800 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807, USA

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