Minerals: From Crystals to Gems

On Exhibit May 1 - August 31, 2015

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is the first venue to exhibit this new travelling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Nature

The extraordinary diversity of minerals and their fascinating applications in everyday life are revealed in this new travelling exhibit which opened May 1st at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Over 90 stunning specimens are included - varying in size, shape and colour - drawn from the museum’s natural mineral collection.

“We are very excited to be the first venue to exhibit this incredible look into the hidden world of minerals,” says Adrienne Brewster, Executive Director and Curator of the Conservatory. “This is a unique opportunity for our visitors to see some of the earth’s most prized treasures up close.”

Visitors are guided through a mostly hidden world of delicate shapes, vibrant colours, and odd forms. The minerals are clustered in cases according to themes that explain where minerals come from, their variations in form and function, the science of studying them, and their common or unusual uses.

In addition to specimens, there are interactive elements to enrich the learning experience: a quiz that tests knowledge of commercial uses of minerals; a magnifier to view the intricate structure of crystals; and a discovery box that reveals splashy neon colours when minerals fluoresce under ultraviolet light.

This colourful exhibition was developed by The Canadian Museum of Nature and presented by Barrick Gold Corporation, with support from The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. Minerals: From Crystals To Gems is included in admission to The Conservatory and will be on display until August 31, 2015.

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