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Back To Nature
12,000 Years In Maine
Maine Bounty: Woods, Sea And Granite
Made In Maine
Struggle for Identity
Gems and Minerals
 
You may take a virtual tour of the museum's exhibits by following the links above
 
Maine Gems
   
Please click on an image below to learn more. Gemstones are a well-known feature of Maine's natural world. The pegmatites (course-grained granites) of western Maine have yielded an abundance of gem quality minerals including tourmaline, aquamarine, morganite, smoky quartz, rose quartz, and amethyst. A few rich deposits have been mined only for gems. Others were first explored and developed in the late 1800s as sources of industrial feldspar, an essential ingredient in the manufacture of chinaware.
Amethyst gemstone Morganite Gemstone three tourmaline gemstones Peary necklace
Maine State Museum photos by Thuss Photography

Beginning July 1, 2009
The Maine State Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday and Monday - Closed

Closed all state holidays and state government closure days.  In 2009, state government closure days are July 6, August 7, September 4, October 9, and December 24.

For more information, please call 207-287-2301 or TTY 888-557-6690 or check the museum website at: www.mainestatemuseum.org.