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Duval Collection of Gems and Minerals

The Mayborn Museum Complex is proud to present the Duval Collection, a world-renowned collection of mineral specimens. Breathtaking examples of turquoise, selenite, native copper, amethyst, and quartz varieties, among many others, will be on display in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Traveling Exhibit Hall of the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center through August 14, 2005.

In celebration of its first anniversary and kicking off this magnificent traveling exhibition, the Mayborn Museum Complex is hosting Dazzle at the Duval, a gala evening at the museum on May 21. Members are invited to preview the Duval Collection at the Dazzle prior to the public opening of the exhibition.

Acquired by the Houston Museum of Natural Science in 2002, the Duval Collection was a gift from the Pennzoil-Quaker State Company with the support of Shell Oil Products US. Assembled under the direction of S.H. Martin of the Duval Mining Corporation, the collection was housed at the top of the Pennzoil Building in Houston for more than two decades prior to being donated to the HMNS.

This exhibit of unprecedented splendor offers visitors the chance to witness specimens from as near as Arkansas and as far as Afghanistan and Zaire. A 1900-pound quartz crystal cluster was found near Hot Springs, Arkansas, while the Kokcha Valley in Afghanistan yielded a dazzling lapis lazuli specimen. A stunning example of green malachite was excavated from Katanga, or the "Copper Crescent," region of Zaire.

These are but a few examples of what visitors will see when they visit the Duval Collection at the Mayborn Museum Complex. Numerous lectures and educational programs are planned to coordinate with the exhibit. The children's summer program, Summer Rocks, has been designed to reflect the exhibit and revolve around an appreciation of nature's minerals and crystals. The museum store has selected a wide array of gem and mineral-related items to appeal to all ages.

Exhibit Prices:
Special Discount Package: Tickets to the Mayborn Museum Complex and the Duval Collection:
Adults: $8
Senior: $7
Child: $5

Tickets for Duval Collection alone:
Adult and Senior: $4
Child: $2

Mayborn Museum Members are admitted free of charge




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