The Copper Pavilion was made possible through a generous donation from John and Jane Matz. It is located west of the Phyllis and John Seaman Garden. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Guinness world record holding 19-ton Lake Copper which was recovered from Great Sand Bay in Lake Superior. It is on permanent loan from the State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources.
While the 19-ton Lake Copper on exhibit in the Copper Pavilion is impressive, single masses of native copper weighing up to 400 tons were found underground in the mines.