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For nearly 150 years, the mineral and gem halls at the Museum of Natural History have been cultural and scientific touchstones for New York City. So in 2014, when the AMNH set out to enhance, update, and redesign the exhibits, it was of the utmost critical importance to make the halls both content-rich and stunningly beautiful. After seven years of effort, on June 12th, 2021, the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals opened to the public. In addition to the new specimens added to the halls, including some spectacular, large-scale, signature specimens, many of the previously exhibited specimens remain. Ultimately, just over 5,000 specimens and objects are exhibited, with 50% being new to the museum’s visitors.

The halls are not only designed to exhibit the engaging beauty and intriguing qualities of the specimens, but also to serve as teaching halls for students of all ages. Every specimen within the halls has a story to tell: How old are they? What special circumstances led to the peculiarities of each specimen? During this lecture, George Harlow, Curator Emeritus Minerals and Gems at the AMNH and Curator of the Halls of Gems and Minerals, will tell these unique stories, including the adventures that led to acquiring some of the world’s most iconic gems and minerals.

Streaming live here on explorers.org, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook Live  Monday, November 8th at 7:00 pm ET.

 

RESERVATIONS

This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters, and we are opening a number of tickets to guests.

In-person tickets are $10 for Members, and $25 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

To secure a reservation, please email us at reservations@explorers.org, or call us at 212.628.8383. We will not be accepting walk-ins for this lecture.

To attend in person, we will require proof of vaccination. If you are making reservations, you must submit proof of vaccination to reservations@explorers.org by Noon ET on Monday, November 8th. No refunds will be available for those that don’t present adequate proof of vaccination by this deadline. Masks will be required.

 

 

Speakers

George Harlow

George Harlow Ph.D. is Emeritus Curator of Minerals and Gems at the American Museum of Natural History, starting work there immediately after the previous mineral and gem halls opened in 1976. During his time at the museum, Harlow conducted focused research on the constituent minerals of  rocks and meteorites to elucidate their formative, geological, and cosmic histories. In addition to curating the new halls, he organized “The Nature of Diamonds” exhibition in 1997 and 2005, along with several other exhibitions at the Museum.

November 8,2021
November 8, 2021
7:00 pm ET
7:00 pm ET
George Harlow
George Harlow
The Making of the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

The Making of the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals

For nearly 150 years, the mineral and gem halls at the Museum of Natural History have been cultural and scientific touchstones for New York City. So in 2014, when the AMNH set out to enhance, update, and redesign the exhibits, it was of the utmost critical importance to make the halls both content-rich and stunningly beautiful. After seven years of effort, on June 12th, 2021, the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals opened to the public. In addition to the new specimens added to the halls, including some spectacular, large-scale, signature specimens, many of the previously exhibited specimens remain. Ultimately, just over 5,000 specimens and objects are exhibited, with 50% being new to the museum's visitors.
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