Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum oficially opened its doors in the Artisan Village of Coolidge in 2016. The museum honors the mining and mineral heritage of Arizona that has been part of the cultural fabric for centuries. Our displays and permanent collection of Arizona Minerals complements changing exhibits on a variety of earth science subjects.
The Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum boasts an growing collection of exhibits both on-loan and permanent display that tells the story of the earth and its riches especially for Arizona. Numerous people have provided their personal collections to the Museum so people and especially our youth can view the gifts of the earth and show them not only the beautiy of the natural world but also excite them to pursue a career in the earth sciences. The permanent collection is geared to provide a significant learning experience permanent collections.
The Flagg Mineral Foundation has stepped up again. They have purchased a custom built drawer unit for the Museum. Arizona Correctional Industries, wood workshop at the Florence Prison, built the custom drawer unit to hold the Museum’s reference collection. They did an outstanding job making the unit and volunteers have already placed over two thousand specimens in the drawers.
We have a new activity for Children at the Museum. It is Cullen’s Rock and Mineral Dig. Cullen Connolly was the first junior member of the Pinal Gem and Mineral Society. He had a neuromuscular disorder, but was always on the go and he loved minerals. The way he would light up when he got a new specimen would make us all happy. We had a place in the desert that we could take him for a field trip; it had minerals put there that he could collect. That area has been posted now so we decided to move the collecting area to the Museum. Cullen lost his life in a car accident when a drunk driver hit their car. To honor his joy at collecting we have named the Rock and Mineral Dig in his memory.
Guided tours are available upon request. Have a look at our schedule in advance or simply ask our staff for the next available tour.
Currently by appointment for the summer. Tour arrangements can be made by visiting the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center in the Artisan Village.
Self-Guided Tour :
Browsing the museum can be greatly enhanced when you bring along your very own copy of our Self-Guided Tour Booklet . A copy is available at the Visitor Center and available under Self-Guided Tour Booklet section of this website..
Guided Tours :
The Pinal Geology Museum will a popular tour destination in the Artisan Village. From kindergarten classes through adult civic groups, our tours are tailored to deliver age-appropriate content to each group. To learn more, please visit our website www.PinalGeologyMuseum.org. on Tours.
Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum
Artisan Village of Coolidge
351 N. Arizona Boulevard
Coolisge, AZ 85128
Phone: 520 723-3009
Dr. Ray Grant - Curator
Our exhibits change regularly. Contact our team to be informed about our current exhibits.