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Cranbrook Institute of Science has a really nice selection of Minerals on display.  It is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Video of the Minerals at Cranbrook Institute of Science

Michigan’s top tier Mineral Museum - is the A.E. Seamen Mineral Museum on the campus of  Michigan Tech., located at 1404 E. Sharon Avenue, in Houghton, Michigan. This place is definitely worth a visit for anyone with an interest in rock and minerals - an outstanding collection of world specimens and exception Michigan Mineral specimens you will not find anywhere else. This is a world class Mineral Museum!  More info on the Seamen collection can be found here and here

Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum on the campus of Calvin College. The Bruce Dice Museum collection is also exceptional. While not as extensive as the Seamen Museum or the collection at Cranbrook it is well worth a visit from anyone interested in high-end minerals. Location: North Hall, 1st floor The museum is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Visitor parking is available in Lots 4 and 5 just west of North Hall and the Engineering Building.

Chester H. Wilson Geology Museum Gorman Science Center, Room G1216, Mott Community College,1401 East Court St.  Flint, MI 48503, Monday 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Tuesday 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Wednesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Thursday 12:00pm - 5:00pm.

At Western Michigan University you can go in to Rood Hall and explore their hall exhibits. There are a number of nice specimens on display, just brows around the first floor halls and you will find them. WMU page on the collection is here.

Other museums in the area with a few minerals on display are Kingman Museum and the  University of Michigan Museum (U of M Museum is closed until 2019 as it updates the museum). U of M has a super fossil collection.


The Field Museum in Chicago -  400 S 400 S. Lake Shore Drive, in the heart of Chicago's Museum Campus. the Mineral display area is not as impressive as you would think it should be, but still it has some exceptional displays on geology. particular in Its exhibit on the Evolving Planet which explores geological themes and rise of life on the planet. It is also known for its gem collection (i.e. mechanically altered minerals)

Canada Museums:

Canadian Museum of Nature - Vale Earth Gallery - - 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

A trip report on this gallery can be found at s Geo Blog

Other peoples list of Museums:

inland Lapidary has a nice list

updated in 2018

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My links to info on Museums in the USA and Canada that have good displays on Geology.

Mainly Michigan Museums for the momment, more links will be added as time allows