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The Meteorite Display in the

Hastings Museum of

Natural and Cultural History

in Hastings, Nebraska

 

An off-the-radar jewel on the plains

Tucked away about 15 miles directly south of the interstate highway I-80 is a the town of Hastings, Nebraska.

Tucked away in the town of Hastings is the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Tucked away at one end of a dark hall facing away from all the other displays is a meteorite collection packed with excellent sized samples of many local meteorites.

In fact the display was so tucked away that I could barely back up enough to get a picture of the whole cabinet.


Hastings, NE Meteorites

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There are 41 meteorites presented in the orange and red case along with some tektites, a shatter cone and the bare minimum of information about meteorites.


 

Hastings, NE Meteorites

 

The three portions of the meteorite display are Stony Meteorites, Iron Meteorites, and Plains Meteorites. Achondrites are sprinkled among the chondrites, and no specific references are made to our current classification system on the display cards.

Hastings, NE Meteorites

 

The display is like a time machine back to a simpler day. A day like when many of these local stones and irons were found. A day when Nininger was searching the plains and educating the farmers. A day like the days in the 1930s.

Below are more individual pictures of some of the specimens in the display that caught my eye.

Hastings, NE Meteorites

 

Hastings, NE Meteorites

 

Hastings, NE Meteorites

 

Hastings, NE Meteorites

 

Hastings, NE Meteorites

 

Hastings, NE Meteorites


Museum meteorite displays such as this one in Hastings are sprinkled around the US, and the world for that matter. I have run into a couple others that someday may show up here on the Accretion Desk. But until then, keep your eyes open, and don't discount the small town museums.


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