The University of Arizona Mineral Museum is a must-see attraction when you are in Tucson, especially if you are attending the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.
This article is the 2nd Part of a two-part series highlighting the meteorite displays at “The Flandrau” (Science Center) on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. My previous article (the 1st part of this series) was titled, “The Flandrau – Science Center & Planetarium“, and was an overview of all of the facilities at “The Flandrau”.
This article will be focusing on the meteorite displays that are open to public viewing at the UA Mineral Museum in the Flandrau Science Center.
The “UA Mineral Museum” is presently housed in the basement of the Science Center, which is also known as Flandrau: The UA Science Center. The Science Center had its beginnings in 1972 when the University received a generous donation. The University decided to use the donation to fund facilities in the Astronomy Department that would increase public appreciation and understanding of science. The Mineral Museum was moved into the UA Science Center in 1993. The Mineral Museum has been on the UA campus since 1905.
What was originally called, “The Flandrau Planetarium”, has expanded over the years into a large circular, temple-looking building that now houses, not only the Flandrau Planetarium, but the Flandrau Observatory, the UA Mineral Museum, and the Science Center, comprising a Gift Shop and several exhibits both permanent and temporary. This building (located on the University of Arizona campus ) is now known as the “UA Science Center – Flandrau”. This building with its white domes is situated next door to the Kuiper Building, which is home to the Lunar & Planetary Lab (LPL). The LPL, a world-famous research facility, was the site of the 2010 Arizona Meteorite Exhibit.
The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is a venue for many meteorite dealers, which explains why so many meteorite collectors come to Tucson in the month of February. The prime objective of these collectors is to visit as many of the meteorite dealers as is possible, and to view the meteorites, which in most cases, are in display cases that are set up in the dealer’s motel room. Now if this is your objective when you visit Tucson, but you don’t schedule a visit to the UA Mineral Museum, then you will be missing out on one of the finest meteorite displays that Tucson has to offer!
For those who haven’t been to the Mineral Museum recently, you may be surprised by all of the renovations to the Flandrau – Science Center since the Flandrau Planetarium re-opened in April of 2010. If you have visited the “The Flandrau” and the UA Mineral Museum in the past, you should visit it again and see the renovations for yourself. And if you haven’t seen UA Mineral Museum, I highly recommend that you take the time on your next visit to Tucson.
Gallery of Images – Bob’s Findings Article for March 2011
The UA Mineral Museum at Flandrau – Science Center
What was originally called, “UA Mineral Museum at the Flandrau”, is now the center-piece to what has grown into a multifunctional temple to science, The UA Science Center – Flandrau.
Link to website with “University of Arizona Mineral Museum”: History, and Information: – The UA Mineral Museum c/o Mark Candee For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Calgary Gem & Mineral Show website: The University of Arizona Mineral Museum pictures by admin on September 1, 2010 I was doing some work in Tucson, Arizona recently. No doubts, I paid a visit to the excellent mineralogical museum in the University of Arizona. Here are a few pictures to your attention: The Flandrau Science Center, where the Museum occupies the lower level…
Link to a website for links to other museums in Arizona, to include: UA – Mineral Museum UA Science Center, University of Arizona, Tucson.
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