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October 18, 2017
American Museum of Natural History to Design All-New Halls of Gems and Minerals
NEW YORK, NY – The American Museum of Natural History announced that it will undertake a complete redesign of its popular Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems and Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals to transform the 11,000-square-foot space into a gleaming showcase for a world-renowned collection. With new large-scale specimens, the redesigned exhibits will tell the fascinating story of how approximately 4,500 different types of minerals arose on our dynamic planet, how scientists classify them, and how humans have fashioned them into gems and used them throughout history for personal adornment, tools, and technology. The halls will be named for Roberto and Allison Mignone, long-standing Museum supporters and volunteers.
Celebrating the historic redesign, the Museum unveiled one of the new halls’ featured specimens: a sparkling 12-foot-tall amethyst geode, recently acquired from Uruguay, which will be on temporary view in the Museum’s Grand Gallery through the 2017 holiday season. The geode, which will be a centerpiece in the new halls, is among the largest amethyst geodes in the world.
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