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Class: Introduction to Rocks and Minerals


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Using over two-hundred specimens representing one-hundred different species that you will be encouraged to touch, this introductory workshop will focus on the way different minerals form and how they are classified. Industrial and commercial uses of minerals will also be an emphasis to allow you the pleasure of identifying and appreciating minerals in your day to day life. Following the classroom instruction, the class will continue in the Museum's Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and select displays in the Hall of Ancient Egypt and Gemstone Carvings.

Go behind-the-scenes in the Museum's staff training lab where hundreds of specimens are uniquely presented in a hands-on road maps. Each workshop includes a tour of multiple exhibition halls. The instructor is geologist and paleontologist James Washington, HMNS staff trainer. Class size is limited.