The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum collection was initiated in 1885 as required in the enabling legislation that created Michigan Tech. The collection was organized into a museum as of 1902. Since its inception Michigan Tech's mineral collection has continued to grow in depth, breadth, and quality. Today the collection is nationally and internationally recognized. These highlights tell you what you can expect to see among the approximately 4,000 specimens on display when you visit our museum.
The museum features:
Paul and Janet Clifford of Cleveland, Ohio, have generously donated 1,750 specimens. Paul is the former curator of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's gem and mineral collection and was assisted by Janet. The Cliffords each have geology degrees and appreciate minerals on a technical level as well as for their beauty. Since the late 1960s, the Cliffords have traveled throughout North America in pursuit of mineral specimens for their collection by self-collecting.