Mineralogy and Petrology Collection

The Mineralogy and Petrology Collection in the department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is a comprehensive resource of more than 12,000 rock and mineral specimens from around the world. Established in 1912, it is one of the oldest systematic collections in Canada, actively used for geological teaching and study, including research in geochemistry, the tectonic history of Alberta, and the search for hydrocarbon reservoirs. Specimens have been acquired during staff and student research projects and through donations from private collectors and the petroleum and mining industries. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers, students, collectors, and the museum community.

Location and Access

  • The collection can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public
  • Highlights of the collection are exhibited in the Mineralogy and Petrology Museum (B-08 Earth Sciences Building)
    • Monday to Friday (closed holidays): 8 am to 4 pm
    • Groups of five or more are requested to call in advance to confirm accessibility.
    • Group visits are welcome and available by appointment. Please call (780) 288-0109.
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