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USA, New Mexico, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2012, 09:16:17 PM »
NM Tech / New Mexico Tech / NMBG
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
(Geological survey for the State of New Mexico)
(formerly New Mexico Bureau of Mines)

Mineralogical Museum
https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/museum/home.html / http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/museum/

Coronado's Treasure Chest
Upon the campus of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology lies one of the great treasure troves of the southwest. Gold, silver, and precious gems, the objects of the Conquistador's travels and travails, glitter on glass shelves next to other spectacular mineral forms. This El Dorado was given the honorary title "Coronado's Treasure Chest" by the New Mexico Cuarto-Centennial Commission in 1939. Located in the Headen Center on the NMT campus (see map), modern travelers on the Camino Real can visit seven days a week. Read about our facilities and history.
The mineral museum can trace its origins back to the very beginnings of the New Mexico School of Mines in 1889. The collection was assembled to help in the education of engineers and geologists. It was soon built into one of the finest in the world, winning gold medals at the St. Louis World's Fair 1904 and the Panama-California exhibition of 1915. Unfortunately, this early collection was lost in a fire in 1928. The museum was reestablished by donation and purchase in 1935. The collection of School of Mines benefactor Cony T. Brown was added in 1938. Three thousand mineral specimens in 1938 have grown to over 18 ,000. “Coronado's Treasure Chest” is still renowned as can be seen at invited exhibitions at the Denver and Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows and featured articles in mineralogical magazines from around the world.
The main exhibit hall, constructed in 2015 , highlights top-quality minerals from New Mexico, the United States, and around the world. Over 5,000 mineral specimens are displayed in the main gallery. Spectacular mineral specimens from mining districts like Magdalena, Organ, and Santa Rita (to name a few) , are presented in thematic displays illustrating the mineral wealth of each locality. Other thematic displays include Systematic Mineralogy, Uranium Mining of New Mexico, Lapidary, Gold & Silver, Agates & Geodes, Meteorites, and Petrified Wood.

Leroy Place 801, Socorro, New Mexico 87801, USA

John Rakovan, Director https://www.strahlen.org/forum/index.php/topic,6556.0.html
(was: Dr. Virgil W. Lueth, Robert W. Eveleth)

Also see their magazines https://www.strahlen.org/forum/index.php/topic,2468.0.html
and                                   https://www.strahlen.org/forum/index.php/topic,12832.0.html

See the mineral fair there https://www.strahlen.org/forum/index.php/topic,8094.0.html
And see: