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The Rausch Mineral Gallery

University of Massachusetts Amherst

A unique collection of more than 250 rocks and minerals located on a university campus.  


The Morrill Science Center on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus is a massive rock and mineral collection truly unique to the region. 

The one-room gallery is home to over 250 rock and mineral specimens donated by Dr. Marvin Rausch, a now-deceased UMass chemistry professor who taught from 1963 to 2001.

Known internationally for his work, Rausch began collecting his specimens when he was still in high school. The minerals within this gallery are bright and fluorescent, their natural beauty highlighted in the dim room. 

Know Before You Go

Opening hours are consistent with class times, so visitors are asked to refrain from being disruptive.  Please contact the Department of Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences, 413-545-2286, if you'd like to arrange to view the gallery when classes are not in session.

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