James Madison University Mineral Museum



The Mineral Museum will close July 1, 2019 for relocation. 

It will reopen in Festival (East Campus) in Spring 2020. 

Please stay tuned for more details.




MIN MUSEUM ROOMThe James Madison University Mineral Museum features over 600 crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world; they are arranged in the following displays:

Systematic Collection – arranged by chemistry and structure
Locality Collections – Elmwood, TN., Virginia Minerals

Fluorescent Mineral Display – Franklin & Sterling Hill, New Jersey – minerals glow under ultra-violet light



The collection began in 1976 under the curation of Dr. Lance E. Kearns. Initial support for the collection was generously bestowed by both the University of Delaware Mineral Museum and the Bryn Mawr College Mineral Museum. Gifts from several private collectors in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware were instrumental in the initial development of the display collection as well.

In 1989 the museum received a substantial monetary gift from the estate of the late Dr. Richard S. Mitchell (mineralogy professor, University of Virginia); followed in 1993 by an additional gift of $50,000 from the estate of his father, Mr. Clarence Mitchell of Nebraska. The Virginia Minerals collection is endowed through these gifts, as well as others from alumni and friends of the collection, by the James Madison University Foundation.

Through the initiative of Dr. David Brakke, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, a new, secure museum facility was constructed during the summer of 2007.   The grand opening of museum was celebrated on October 13, 2007.

Website Acknowledgments:   Dr. Lance Kearns, Dr. Anna Courtier, Benjamin Kelley, Nicole Wilson, Kevin Hegg, Hyler Fortier, Jessica Romanelli

Robert Klopfer and Alex Kopylov would like to thank Dr. Kearns, Dr. Courtier, and the JMU Geology faculty for the opportunity to construct the mineral museum website


Questions about the Museum can be directed to:
JMU Dept. of Geology and Environmental Science
801 Carrier Dr., MSC 6903
Harrisonburg, VA. 22807
e-mail: geology@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6130