What Lies Beneath: Minerals of the Pacific Northwest

August 17, 2019 - February 2, 2020; Old City Hall

Rocks and minerals are the very foundation of our planet. Minerals are the basic geological building blocks of the solid earth. They can be beautiful and dazzling to the eye, as light catches the naturally occurring facets. To a trained eye, some minerals might be fairly easy to find with a bit of digging; while others require rappelling down the side of a cliff.

In this exhibition the Museum has partnered with members of the Friends of Mineralogy – Pacific Northwest Chapter to present an incredible display of minerals collected throughout the Pacific Northwest. From those the size of a fingernail to those requiring a forklift, learn how minerals are formed and where they are found. See the collector’s “tools of the trade” and marvel at the extremes some will go to find the perfect specimen. Photos and video document the field work involved and help us understand where these minerals are formed and how they are collected. Complementing the exhibition will be a variety of programs and hands-on activities.

Image: Quartz (Amethyst), from King County, Wash. Photo Credit: Cory Torpin.