The 6,000-square-foot Gem and Mineral Hall was opened in May of 1978. Another 1,500 square-foot gallery titled Gemstones and their Origins was added in May of 1985. Together they comprise one of the finest exhibits of gems and minerals in the world. In 1989, Los Angeles magazine rated it as the finest permanent museum exhibition of any kind in the Los Angeles area.
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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There is always something new in the Gem and Mineral Hall! To better discover the world of gems, we offer to the public small temporary exhibits, and are a premier venue for hosting world-class gems and jewelry pieces.
The world famous Aurora Butterfly of Peace diamond collection is spending the winter with us! It will be on display until June 3, 2014.
The Butterfly of Piece. Photo by R. Weldon. Copyright: Alan Bronstein.
The Lady Orchidea. Copyright: Sophia Fiori.
Spinel brooch. Copyright: Buzz & Bernardine.