Montana Tech Mineral Museum
The Mineral Museum has something that is sure to amaze and inspire almost everyone. The finest examples of rock and mineral occurrences from Montana, around the world, and even outer space are on display for the general public to examine and enjoy at no cost.
The museum originated as a teaching collection of 200 specimens acquired in 1901, shortly after the Montana School of Mines enrolled its first students. Thanks to donations and public support, the museum now holds 13,000 specimens, 1,000 of which are on display; a gift shop; and several exhibits that describe Montana's geology, earthquake activity, and local mining history.
Prized specimens from Montana include an outstanding smoky quartz cluster, named Rheanna's Star after the daughter of the man who meticulously dug it out of the ground just east of Butte, and an impressive 27.5 troy ounce gold nugget recovered from placer workings in the mountains south of Butte. Call 406/496-4414 for more information.