Museums and Great Displays related to Geology, Mining and Minerals

Most museums have rocks, minerals, fossils and artifacts made of precious gems and materials. If you can, try to go see these museums in person. If not, check out their virtual online tours and picture galleries.

... in Ontario

Arkona Lions Museum & Information Centre Rock Glen Conservation Area, Arkona This museum has a fossil display from the area with Devonian Era fossils datin back 350 million years.

Bancroft Gem & Mineral Club Museum (Mineral Capital Museum) Bancroft, ON 32 Station Street Bancroft

Bruce Mines Museum Bruce Mines, ON (east of Sault Ste. Marie) Copper mining museum self guided walking tour, Tour the Simpson Mine Shaft

Cobalt Northern Ontario Mining Museum Cobalt, ON Silver mining history

Miller Museum of Geology and Mineralogy Kingston, ON Museum at Queen's University

Nuclear and Mining Museum Elliot lake, ON Uranium mining

Oil Museum of Canada Oil Springs, Lambton County A museum about the role of the petroleum business in Southern Ontario

Petrolia Discovery Petrolia, ON A Canadian heritage public oil field.

Royal Ontario Museum ~ The ROM  Toronto, ON Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth's Treasures ~ Rock, Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Meteorite Identification Clinics are FREE and happen every few months. Bring in your rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, or suspected meteorites and have them identified by ROM experts at special ID clinics. Wednesdays 4 pm to 5:30 pm @ President's Choice Entrance on Queen's Park, doors nearest Museum subway stop.

Stones 'N Bones Museum Sarnia, ON A private Nature museum including fossils, minerals and a gift shop.

Wallaceburg & District Museum Wallaceburg, ON This museum showcases the historical importance of the Brass & Glass industries in days gone by.

... Virtual Museums and Museums Around the World

Most museums have rocks & minerals on display. Some museums have photographs of their their rock & mineral galleries up on the web. Although we personally think you should go and visit every museum that you can, looking at pictures on the web can get you dreaming!

Smithsonian Gem & Mineral Collection A world class mineral collection - well worth the visit in person. Shows gems & mineral crystals from the mineral gallery at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., USA Maintained by the museum.

Mineral and Fossil Museums, Exhibits & Displays in the USA Maintained by OsoSoft Mineral Connection, USA.

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum A super museum to visit. Photos of copper & other minerals of the Lake Superior Copper District. Maintained by the museum, Houghton, Michigan, USA

Creetown Gem Rock Museum, Scottland Learn about gemstones, crystals, rocks and minerals from this useful guide.

Voyageur Heritage Network - museums in Northern Ontario


Rockhounding as a Hobby

1 Joining a Rock Club

2 Gem & Mineral Shows

3 Suppliers, Rock Shops

4 Museums

5 Rocks Outdoors

6 Collecting Rocks

7 Experiments