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(770) 606-5700

Museum Hours

Every day 10 AM – 5 PM
Closed Major Holidays


Admission

Members: FREE
Adults: $15.95 + tax
Children (3 – 17): $11.95 + tax
Student with ID: $11.95 + tax
Active Military w/ ID: Free
(1/2 price admission for active
duty dependents with ID)
Seniors (65+): $13.95 + tax

Location

100 Tellus Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 606-5700
I-75 Exit 293
Cartersville, GA

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Mineral Symposium 2021: Mineral Collecting

Monday, March 15 – Friday, March 19, 2021
Daily Lecture at 12:15 PM

Watch Live GraphicJoin us on Facebook LIVE to hear a different expert in the field each day and learn about mineral collecting. Speakers will discuss building a collection on any budget, valuing your collection and assessing its quality, joining a mineral collecting organization, and going out in the field to collect.

* This scientific mineral symposium is recommended for those with a geologic background and general mineral knowledge.

 * Speaker lineup subject to change without notice.

MONDAY: THE CRYSTAL HABIT - COLLECTING MINERALS, GEMSTONES, AND JEWELRY

Christopher Clark, Gemologist (GG, FGA) and Concierge, Jewelry Television

Discover your collecting palate! So you’ve discovered the world of gems and minerals and even acquired a few, what’s next?! Christopher Clark will discuss his journey as a collector of gems, minerals and jewelry and how to start planning a collection, with tips on what to think about as your collection grows.

As a lifelong collector (comics, Transformers, trading cards), Christopher eventually transitioned to collecting silver and jewelry, and then gems and minerals. Now, though he still maintains several collections, Christopher focuses mainly on silver, jewelry, gemstones, spheres, and mineral specimens. His fascination with mineral specimens came about when he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with mineralogist Renata Lafler, editing the Sisk Gemology Reference. Since that time, he has become more of a mineral collector (a transition he thinks is natural for any longtime gem collector) and has helped to build a fine internal collection for Jewelry Television, where he is a Gemologist (GG, FGA) and Concierge. Though Christopher’s favorite specimen varieties are fluorite and tourmaline, he also collects pseudomorphs, unusual crystal forms and natural spheres. For Christopher, aesthetic and unusual specimens are the most sought after when adding to his collection.

TUESDAY: Caring For Your Collection with Jose Santamaria

Jose Santamaria, Executive Director at Tellus Science Museum

WEDNESDAY: Sharing Your Collection with Kimberly Vagner

Kimberly Vagner, Director of Gems and Minerals Center of Excellence at Perot Museum of Nature and Science

THURSDAY: The Collecting Community with Peter Megaw

Peter Megaw, PhD, Exhibits Chair for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

FRIDAY: Field Collecting with Jeff Deere

Jeff Deere, Mineral Collector
5
Mar

Evening Sky Watch

Tellus Science Museum
Friday, 7 - 9 PM
03/05/2021

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10
Mar

Ask the Expert: Mineral Collecting

Facebook LIVE
Wednesday, 2 PM
03/10/2021

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13
Mar

Scout Saturday: Wolf Cub Scouts

Saturday, 10 AM – 12:30 PM
03/13/2021

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MUSEUM HOURS

Every day 10 AM – 5 PM
Closed New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.


ADMISSION

Members: FREE
Adults: $15.95 + tax
Children (3 – 17): $11.95 + tax
Student with ID: $11.95 + tax
Active Military w/ ID: Free
(1/2 price admission for active
duty dependents with ID)
Seniors (65+): $13.95 + tax

LOCATION

100 Tellus Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120
(770) 606-5700
I-75 Exit 293
Cartersville, GA

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