• 3D Virtual Exhibit

    This is a 3d exhbit giving an overview of the areas the museum covers. Not everything you see here can be found at the museum, though most of it can, but it's an opportunity to take some of our ideas out of our heads, and show what we'd like to do.

    Please feel free to run the quick Guided Tour, and then wander around the exhibit on  your own.

    There is not yet any sound activated, but that and other surprises are coming.



  • Turquoise of Tonapah, Nevada

    A gift of the Otteson family of Tonapah, Nevada, this group of Turquoise specimens along with some Dolomite are from their family claims near Tonapah, Nye County, Nevada.

    Turquoise has been prized for thousands of years by cultures around the world. It was one of the first gemstones to be mined. It has been mined and used in Egypt for at least 5,000 years, and in Iran for over 2,000 years.

    Turquoise is the State Gem of Arizona.

    Mineral Properties:

    • Formula: CuAl₆(PO₄)₄(OH)₈·4H₂O
    • Color: green, blue, “turquoise”
    • Luster: waxy
    • Crystal System: Triclinic
    • Hardness: 5-6


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