The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, currently located on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, is the official mineral museum of the state of Michigan and is a heritage site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The museum is named for professor Arthur Edmund Seaman, who worked at Michigan Tech in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was the museum's curator from 1928–1937.The mineral collection was established in the 19th century, and by 1890 numbered 27,000 specimens. The museum currently houses over 25,000 specimens from around the world. Many of these specimens are native generally to Michigan, and more specifically to the Lake Superior region.HistoryThe mineral museum first became a reality in 1902, when it was set up in the former Qualitative Laboratory room in Hubbell Hall on Michigan Tech's campus. In 1908, a separate building (which would later become Tech's Administration Building) was constructed for the museum. The museum fully occupied the second floor of the building. In 1931, the museum was moved to Hotchkiss Hall. The museum was renamed the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in 1932.On 17 June 1976 the museum moved to the fifth floor of the Electrical Energy Resource Center at Michigan Tech, built on the site of Hotchkiss Hall. In 2011, the museum moved to a new building, Thomas D Shaffner Hall, across from the Advanced Technology Development Complex. It is named for Thomas Shaffner, a Michigan Tech alumnus who donated $1 million for the new museum.Using our international travel planner, Houghton attractions like Mineral Museum of Michigan can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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I love visiting this museum and taking visitors to see it. It is small enough to see easily but still experience a broad collection of excellent specimens. There is even a nice fluorescent minerals di... more »
This was the highlight of my visit. I was surprised at the size and quality of the collection which was displayed wisely and informatively. Great gift shop. more »
Amazing display! Must see, something for everyone. Kids, history buffs..... comprehensive collection easy to see just what you want. Florescent minerals display is the best ever. Gift shop is reasonably priced. Go or be sorry you missed it.
If you are interested in minerals, rocks, geology, UP history or just looking at pretty things, you'll have a good time here. There are good signs from US 41. Free parking. Fun gift shop. I spent about 4 hours here, learned a lot and had a good time. I'll be back.
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