255 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19716
Opened in 1971 and renovated in 2009, the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall displays approximately 350 specimens from the University of Delaware’s renowned collection of minerals. IrÃ©nÃ©e du Pont’s personal collection of minerals, which dated largely to the 1920s, served as the founding gift of the University’s collection in 1964.
Today, the collection contains approximately 3,000 specimens of minerals, meteorites, gems and carvings. Exhibitions highlight fine crystallized minerals, classics from worldwide and American locations, specimens from significant recent discoveries, and themes such as crystallography and crystal growth.
The Mineralogical Museum is part of the UD Library, Museums and Press, which hosts a number of exhibitions and events in its main library and four gallery locations across UD’s Newark campus. Those locations include Old College Gallery, Mechanical Hall Gallery, Special Collections Gallery and the Mineralogical Museum.