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List of Selected Geological Museums in the Midwest

ARKANSAS

Piggott: Matilda and Karl Pfeiffer Foundation Museum, 1071 Heritage Park Drive. World-class mineral collection. www.pfeifferfoundation.com

Monticello: Turner Neal Museum of Natural History and Pomeroy Planetarium, 346 University Drive. Features fossils and minerals among many other natural history collections. http://www.uamont.edu/pages/school-of-mathematical-and-natural-sciences/turner-neal-museum-of-natural-history-and-pomeroy-planetarium/

ILLINOIS

Chicago: The Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive. Outstanding fossil and meteorite exhibits with excellent gem exhibits and some mineral specimens. https://www.fieldmuseum.org/

Elmhurst: Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 South Cottage Hill Avenue. Exhibits focus on lapidary arts such as carvings and gemstones with some excellent mineral exhibits as well. http://www.lizzadromuseum.org/index.php

Rockford: Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main Street. Geological, mineral, and fossil exhibits with highlights including an outstanding suite of Mazon Creek fossils. http://www.burpee.org/

Rock Island: Fryxell Geology Museum, 829 38th Street. Mostly fossil and rock exhibits with some minerals including a state-of-the-art fluorescent mineral exhibit. http://www.augustana.edu/academics/majors--areas-of-study/geology/fryxell-geology-museum

Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 502 South Spring Street. Geological collections focus on fossils but include 6,000-plus rock and mineral specimens. http://www.museum.state.il.us/index.html

Dr. Christopher J. Stefano is the associate curator at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

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