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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

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Location  Houghton, Michigan
Director  Theodore J. Bornhorst
Phone  +1 906-487-2572
Type  Museum
Established  1902
A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Curator  Christopher J. Stefano, John A. Jaszczak
Address  1404 Sharon Ave, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Hours  Closed today SundayClosedMondayClosedTuesday9AM–4PMWednesday9AM–4PMThursday9AM–4PMFriday9AM–4PMSaturday9AM–4PM
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The A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, currently located on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, is the official mineral museum of the state of Michigan and is a heritage site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The museum is named for professor Arthur Edmund Seaman, who worked at Michigan Tech in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was the museum's curator from 1928–1937.


The mineral collection was established in the 19th century, and by 1890 numbered 27,000 specimens. The museum currently houses over 25,000 specimens from around the world. Many of these specimens are native generally to Michigan, and more specifically to the Lake Superior region.


The mineral museum first became a reality in 1902, when it was set up in the former Qualitative Laboratory room in Hubbell Hall on Michigan Tech's campus. In 1908, a separate building (which would later become Tech's Administration Building) was constructed for the museum. The museum fully occupied the second floor of the building. In 1931, the museum was moved to Hotchkiss Hall. The museum was renamed the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in 1932.

On 17 June 1976 the museum moved to the fifth floor of the Electrical Energy Resource Center at Michigan Tech, built on the site of Hotchkiss Hall. In 2011, the museum moved to a new building, Thomas D Shaffner Hall, across from the Advanced Technology Development Complex. It is named for Thomas Shaffner, a Michigan Tech alumnus who donated $1 million for the new museum.

The museum was designated the "official Mineralogical Museum of Michigan" in 1990 by the Michigan Legislature.


  • Arthur Edmund Seaman (1928–1937)
  • Kiril Spiroff (1938–1943)
  • Wyllis Seaman (1943–1948)
  • Kiril Spiroff (1964–1975)
  • Jean Peterman Kemp (1975–1986)
  • Stanley J Dyl II (1986–1996)
  • George Willard Robinson (1996–present)
  • Christopher J. Stefano (2013–present)
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    A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Wikipedia

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