The Geology Collections were started in 1962 and associated field programs were initiated in 1964. Since that time, 20,000 specimens have been entered into the collections including about 13,000 minerals; 4,000 rocks; and 3,000 stratigraphic specimens. Our collections presently comprise approximately 650 mineral species from over 80 countries.
During the past ten years Royal Alberta Museum has had one of the most active geology collection programs in Canada. The collection comprises over 200 gemstones ranging from coloured diamonds to an 1100 carat facetted blue topaz. The geology collection contains the Bralorne gold suite which is probably the best collection of gold samples from a single locality in Canada. It has been declared a Canadian Cultural Property. Royal Alberta Museum also has an excellent collection of mineral specimens and photographs from the Eldorado Mine, Great Bear Lake, which was Canada's first radium-uranium mine and the mine that spurred major mineral exploration throughout the north.
For information on working with the collection, contact the Assistant Curator, Geology.