Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Handbook

9.6.9 A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech is one of North America's premier mineral museums and is nationally and internationally recognized by mineral collectors and connoisseurs. Minerals from around the world are on exhibit in Thomas D. Shaffner Exhibit Hall. The Phyllis and John Seaman Garden features plants and rocks from the Great Lakes region and the Copper Pavilion features the Guinness world record holding 19-ton lake copper recovered from the bottomlands of Lake Superior. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is the official mineral museum of the State of Michigan.

Michigan Tech's mineral collection includes the world's finest collection of Michigan minerals, especially minerals from the Keweenaw Peninsula including crystallized native copper and native copper in calcite. It is notable for the quality, depth, and breadth of minerals from the Great Lakes region. The museum advertises itself as the Mineral Museum of the Great Lakes region. In addition to minerals from the region, Michigan Tech's mineral collection contains outstanding minerals from around the world.

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum houses, curates, and exhibits the University of Michigan's mineral collection through the Michigan Mineral Alliance. This unique alliance between Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan preserves the legacy of the University of Michigan's mineral collection through co-ownership and shared responsibility. Among specimens on exhibit and in the museum's holdings are examples of the finest specimen of an individual mineral species, specimen from which the mineral was discovered, and those notable for their historical significance. The museum's mineral exhibits are organized around five educational themes with each theme supported by several galleries. "Minerals as Natural Masterpieces" is the theme that encompasses all of the museum's exhibits.

The museum is located at 1404 E. Sharon Avenue near Michigan Tech athletic fields. Visit the museum web site for regular public visitation hours, special hours, and additional information: www.museum.mtu.edu or via telephone (487-2572). With advance notice, guided tours are available for Michigan Tech employees with professional guests. Regular public admission fee is currently waived for Michigan Tech employees, employee's professional guests, and students with ID.

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11/30/2017 - Annual Review: To reflect current language, changed "Michigan Tech's A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum" to "The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech." Changed "great mineral museums. The Thomas D. Shaffner Hall exhibits the world's" to "premier mineral museums and is nationally and internationally recognized by mineral collectors and connoisseurs. Minerals from around the world are on exhibit in Thomas d. Shaffner Exhibit Hall. The Phyllis and John Seaman Garden features plants and rocks from the Great Lakes region and the Copper Pavilion features the Guinness world record holding 19-ton lake copper recovered from the bottomlands of Lake Superior. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is the official mineral museum of the State of Michigan. Michigan Tech's mineral collection includes the world's..." Changed "The museum has an outstanding collection and the largest public display of minerals from the Great Lakes region. The museum's collection of minerals includes many from around the world." to "It is notable for the quality, depth, and breadth of minerals from the Great Lakes region. The museum advertises itself as the Mineral Museum of the Great Lakes region. In addition to minerals from the region, Michigan Tech's mineral collection contains outstanding minerals from around the world." Removed "The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is the official mineral museum of the State of Michigan. The Michigan" Changed "Mineral Alliance is a unique arrangement between Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan to preserve the legacy of the University of Michigan mineral collection through shared responsibility and co-ownership. the museum holds and curates the University of Michigan mineral collection. Specimens from the University of Michigan mineral collection are on exhibit." to "The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum houses, curates, and exhibits the University of Michigan's mineral collection through the Michigan Mineral Alliance. This unique alliance between Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan preserves the legacy of the University of Michigan's mineral collection through co-ownership and shared responsibility." Changed "The museum exhibits feature minerals as nature's masterpieces." to "The museum's mineral exhibits are organized around five educational themes with each theme supported by several galleries. "Minerals as Natural Masterpieces" is the theme that encompasses all of the museum's exhibits."
12/08/2016 - Annual Review: To reflect current language, added "an outstanding collection and" to the sentence " The museum has an outstanding collection and the largest public display of minerals from the Great Lakes region. The museum's collection of minerals includes many from around the world." Added "includes many" to "The museum's collection of minerals includes many from around the world." Added "The Michigan Mineral Alliance is a unique arrangement between Michigan Tech and the University of Michigan to preserve the legacy of the University of Michigan mineral collection through shared responsibility and co-ownership. the museum holds and curates the University of Michigan mineral collection. Specimens from the University of Michigan mineral collection are on exhibit." Third paragraph now reads "Among specimens on exhibit and in the museum's holdings are examples of the finest specimen of an individual mineral species, specimen from which the mineral was discovered, and those notable for their historical significance. The museum exhibits feature minerals as nature's masterpieces." from "Among specimens on exhibit and in the collection are examples of the finest specimens of an individual mineral species, specimen from which the mineral was discovered, and those notable for their natural beauty. The museum's various galleries encompass multiple themes. The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum is the official mineral museum of the State of Michigan." Added "employee's" to "employee's professional guests".
02/04/2015 - Annual Review: To reflect current practice, the email address for questions is now policy@mtu.edu. Renumbered "9.6.10 A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum" to read "9.6.9 A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum" and the last sentence read "Regular public admission fee is currently waived for Michigan Tech employees and students with ID and professional guests" now reads "Regular public admission fee is currently waived for Michigan Tech employees and professional guests, and students with ID."
02/27/2014 - Annual Review: Updated Michigan Tech and Handbook banners. Deleted the following: "A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, located at 1404 E. Sharon Avenue, is home to one of North America's great mineral museums. The museum features the world's finest collection of Michigan minerals, especially crystallized native copper and native copper in calcite from the Keweenaw Peninsula. The largest mineral collection of the Great Lakes region is on public display as well as outstanding minerals from around the world that include examples of the finest specimen of an individual mineral species, type specimens, and those notable for their natural beauty. The museum's fluorescent mineral exhibit is one of the best in the U. S. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is the official mineral museum of the State of Michigan. Admission for Michigan Tech faculty and staff with ID and professional guests as well as Michigan Tech students with ID is free. Guided tours are available for special guests, but should be scheduled in advance. Visit the museum web site for public visitation hours and additional information: www.museum.mtu.edu or via telephone (487-2572)." Replaced it with: "Michigan Tech's A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum is one of North America's great mineral museums. The Thomas Shaffner Hall exhibits the world's finest collection of Michigan minerals, especially minerals from the Keweenaw Peninsula including crystallized native copper and native copper in calcite. The museum has the largest public display of minerals from the Great Lakes region. The museum has an extensive collection of minerals from around the world. Among specimens on exhibit and in the collection are examples of the finest specimen of an individual mineral species, specimen from which the mineral was discovered, and those notable for their natural beauty. The museum's various galleries encompass multiple themes. The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum is the official mineral museum of the State of Michigan. The museum is located at 1404 E. Sharon Avenue near Michigan Tech athletic fields. Visit the museum web site for regular public visitation hours, special hours, and additional information: www.museum.mtu.edu or via telephone (487-2572). With advance notice, guided tours are available for Michigan Tech employees with professional guests. Regular public admission fee is currently waived for Michigan Tech employees and students with ID and professional guests."
04/03/2013 - Annual Review: The paragraph was re-written to reflect current practice.
07/06/2011 - Annual Review: Was previously 9.7.8.  To reflect current University titles and practice, the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster