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Friends of the Mineral Museum

The Friends of the Museum is a group of rock & mineral enthusiasts that support objectives of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum. These objectives range from acquiring materials for everyday tasks (replacing lights, purchasing cleaning supplies and mineral stands, etc.) to supporting higher cost, large museum projects (purchasing additional display cases and lighting).

For a minimum annual fee of $25 (larger gifts are greatly appreciated!), we show you how your money is spent two ways: through tangible projects that are completed in a timely manner, and by an annual to bi-annnual (depending on how ambitious we are!) newsletter. The newsletter provides updates on museum events and projects, new acquitisions, K-12 outreach, gem & mineral shows, and the New Mexico Mineral Symposium.

Projects in Need of Funding

Currently, we are accepting donations for the following projects:

new lighting
Additional lighting in our smaller displays (to match the brilliance of our larger displays)
island cases
Installation of four island-style display cases down the center of the museum

Finished Projects

Before:
island cases
After:
island cases
Additional case lighting for large displays
petrified forest
Petrified (“Petting”) Forest outdoor display

Acknowledgements

We would like to personally thank Maryanne Fender for the idea to create this group in support of the Mineral Museum.  In addition, we very much appreciate all of our “Friends” for stepping up to support museum goals!

Past Friends of the Museum Newsletters

2018
2017
2016