Mineralogy and Petrology Collection

Small rigid, rock-like specimens placed on black square pedestals with a white identification card in front of each.

Overhead view of Mineralogy and Petrology museum, showing two rows of wooden display cases with glass tops and walls lined with shelves of displayed specimens covered with glass.

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.

Virtual Tour

As the University of Alberta is enacting additional safety measures regarding the state of public health emergency in Alberta, all museum collections will be closed until further notice.