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Geology Museum

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum is one of Mines' original campus buildings and first opened its doors the year Mines was established in 1874. The museum serves as the state repository for Colorado’s mineral heritage and promotes its importance and understanding to the university community and the public. Minerals, fossils, gemstones, meteorites and historic mining artifact exhibits are displayed on two floors. We aim to inspire scientific curiosity through education and research while encouraging appreciation of the earth's more precious resources and geologic treasures. Our displays now include over 2,500 catalogued specimens, and in 2016 we had over 27,000 visitors from all 50 states and 53 foreign countries.

The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum sees a wide variety of visitors, including Mines students and families, elementary, middle and high school field trips and international travelers. The museum offers mineral identification services, and examines specimens from all over the country. Your support of Mines' Geology Museum will sustain and enhance an historical resource and educational tool, not only for Mines students, but for the entire Golden community.

Your gift on #idigmines Giving Day, no matter the size, will benefit the Geology Museum and its visitors in various ways:

  • $25 would allow us to provide hundreds of self-guided tour brochures and scavenger hunts

  • $50 can enable the museum to print and provide free-of-charge geology geology trail guides or general museum brochures for several hundred visitors

  • $100 could sponsor two teaching kit rentals.

Winning a bonus gift would significantly help the Museum in several ways:

  • Ensuring that the admission to the museum remains free to the public.

  • Expanding and displaying more of the museum’s collection.

  • Improving and restocking the teaching kits, teaching trunks, and fossil kits that are available for rental to the public.

    Thanks for support the Geology Museum - you rock!

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About #idigmines Giving Day

Do you dig the Geology Museum? #idigmines Giving Day is one day to show your Mines love for the campus causes you dig the most. Thanks to the generosity of the Family Fund Chairs, James Kastenholz and Jennifer Steans, $35,000 is up for grabs!

$30,000 Bonus

Each of the 31 featured causes are vying for a piece of $30,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.

Additional Bonuses

There are three other ways your favorite cause can earn up to $5,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.