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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.

TUESDAY: CARING FOR YOUR COLLECTION

Jose Santamaria, Executive Director at Tellus Science MuseumJose Santamaria, Executive Director, Tellus Science Museum

The scientific, aesthetic, and cultural value of your rock, mineral, gem, or fossil collection depends on you. Jose Santamaria will explain how to truly care for your collection and the considerations that build these values. Topics covered include grading specimens in your collection, documenting your collection from a simple list to photos or even video, storing and displaying specimens, and long-term plans for when your collection outlives you. These time-consuming steps are part of the joy of collecting, and will determine whether your collection continues to have meaning or whether it will become a pile of rocks that no one will care about.

Jose has been director of Tellus Science Museum, formerly the Weinman Mineral Museum, since 1996. Born in Cuba, Jose grew up in Atlanta, where he earned a degree in Visual Arts at Georgia State University. Prior to entering the museum field, he worked in the restaurant business for 20 years during which time he also ran an art studio in Atlanta. His life-long interest in geology, minerals, and science in general led him to his current position at Tellus. Jose is co-author of The 50 Coolest Things at Tellus, published in 2015, and editor of Minerals of Georgia, published in 2016. Active for 30 years in the mineral education community, Jose is a past president of the Georgia Mineral Society and the Rome Georgia Mineral Society. He is also a past president of the Georgia Association of Museums, and in January 2016 was awarded the Museum Professional of the Year award by the organization. He and his wife Maia live in Rome’s Old East Rome neighborhood in a renovated 1930 craftsman bungalow with their two dogs and one cat.

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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