The exhibit hall is organized to be visitor friendly. Many people first begin to truly appreciate minerals because of their natural beauty and, thus, the Beauty of Minerals gallery is adjacent to the entrance of the Thomas D. Shaffner Hall. We want everyone who visits to get the opportunity to see our most significant strength, Michigan Copper, so it is near the entrance too. The museum theme, Minerals of the Great Lakes Region, continues with Lake Superior Iron and Michigan Basin—Center of the Great Lakes Region. The exhibit hall features the largest public display of minerals from the Great Lakes region. You will see minerals from around the world, especially in the Worldwide Systematic gallery. Processes that Form Minerals is an important theme of the exhibit hall. Minerals and their importance in your everyday life is the focus of the Minerals and You gallery. There is a lot to enjoy!
Modern society depends on minerals and the products made from them. With the assistance of Chrysler, a new permanent exhibit was installed that educates visitors about the diversity of minerals used in the production of automobiles. The exhibit includes mineral specimens to augment text that illustrates the importance of minerals to anyone who drives a car!