Mineral Sciences - Temporary Displays | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Butterfly brooches from Buzz and Bernardine's jewelry collection.
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Gem and Mineral Hall

The 6,000-square-foot Gem and Mineral Hall was opened in May of 1978 and is one of the finest permanent museum exhibitions of any kind in the Los Angeles area.

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NHM's gem and mineral collection of about 150,000 specimens is the most significant in the country, west of the Smithsonian. See More

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Mineral Sciences Contact Information

Gem & Mineral Council
(213) 763-3326
gmc@nhm.org

Aaron Celestian, Associate Curator
(213) 763-3360
acelesti@nhm.org

Alyssa Morgan, Collections Manager
(213) 763-3327
amorgan@nhm.org

Tony Kampf, Curator Emeritus
(213) 763-3328
akampf@nhm.org

Fax: (213) 749-4107

 

Temporary Displays

There is always something new coming to the Gem and Mineral Hall! To better discover the world of gems and minerals, we occasionally offer the public small, temporary exhibits.  

 

Examples of past exhibits:

The Blue Moon Diamond was housed in a special, temporary exhibition in the Gem Vault from September 13, 2014 through January 6, 2015.

The 12-carat, Internally Flawless, Fancy Vivid "Blue Moon Diamond." Copyright: Cora International. Photo by Tino Hammid.

 

The world-famous Aurora Butterfly of Peace diamond collection was on view through January 6, 2015.

The Butterfly of Piece. Photo by R. Weldon. Copyright: GIA.