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Paleontology Exhibit Collection

Paleontology Type Collection

Rocks & Minerals

Highlights from the Gem Collection

New York hosts varieties of minerals that can be cut into attractive gemstones such as quartz, calcite, fluorite, sphalerite, moonstone, labradorite, and celestine. While New York has diverse geology, it is not known to have rocks that host precious gemstone deposits such as diamonds or emeralds.The term "gem" refers to inorganic materials that have been cut into faceted stones, cabochons, or beads, and organic materials such as coral and pearls which have not necessarily been modified from their natural state. The mineral collection of the New York State Museum contains one thousand specimens of gem material. The specimens are not mounted in jewelry and this collection does not contain carved mineral material.

Meteorite Collection

The New York State Museum has a small collection of meteorite specimens from 28 localities, one pseudo meteorite, three tektites, and one lunar basalt. The majority of the specimens were acquired between 1880 and 1920. The Bethlehem, Burlington, Mount Morris, and Tomhannock Creek meteorites and the Scriba pseudo meteorite are the only meteorites from New York State represented in the collection.

New York Minerals: Collection Highlights

The New York State Museum houses the largest and most complete collection of New York minerals in the world. The collection consists of over 15,000 specimens and dates back to the early 19th century. Our staff maintains an active acquisitions and research program with the goal of constantly upgrading and updating the collection with new mineral species and varieties. Hundreds of the collection's finest specimens are on display in the Mineral Gallery in Adirondack Hall, but if you cannot visit us in person, we hope you will enjoy these photographs. For additional information on the New York Mineral collection, you can also visit

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