Collecting minerals and rocks in Pure Michigan is a pastime for many and a great way to experience the outdoors and beauty of the Great Lakes state. From beaches to road cuts and more, naturally beautiful minerals can be collected from throughout the state. Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is especially well known for its great mineral collecting.
The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to dormant world famous native copper mines and a nationally significant mining history that is preserved and celebrated by the Keweenaw National Historical Park. In Houghton, the Gateway to the Keweenaw Peninsula, is the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech. The museum is the official Mineral Museum of Michigan with nationally recognized mineral collection and exhibits covering Michigan, the Great Lakes region, and beyond. With the finest collection of Michigan minerals, including those of the Keweenaw Peninsula, the museum is your gateway to minerals of Michigan.
For over a decade the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech has hosted Keweenaw Mineral Days for those interested in collecting minerals from beginners up. From August 3 to 8, the event includes presentations on minerals, special sales of minerals by the museum, and ½ to all day arranged collecting on old mine rock piles. The museum provides on-site assistance for new collectors. Keweenaw Mineral Days provides an opportunity to have fun collecting minerals with others who also enjoy the hobby and find your own special piece of Michigan. The event is bracketed by two mineral shows sponsored by local clubs, one in Ishpeming and the other in Houghton.
For more information on Keweenaw Mineral Day visit the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum website: www.museum.mtu.edu.