Aside from the Special Exhibits showcased upstairs, the University of Arizona Mineral Museum also has a permanent museum showcase in the basement with an impressive collection. I had not been down here for several years, and on my previous trip my impression was that the exhibits were outdated and not so impressive. I was pleasantly surprised to see many of the cases refurbished with some new modern cases and interesting minerals. If you are visiting Tucson, it's definitely a worthwhile visit to go downstairs in the museum to view the permanent mineral collection.
With Oriented Pyrite
from Chenzou Pref., Hunan Prov. China
Rainbow Arch from the De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov, China
from the 884 Mine, Leiping, Hunan Prov., China
Minerals of Afghanistan & Pakistan from the Collection of Gene Meieran
Deep Pink Kunzite
from Kunar Province, Afghanistan (from the above case)
Copper Minerals from the Ed David Collection.
This Exhibit was Put on Display at the Tucson Show, and is Empty in the Meantime.
to View the Post Where this Display can be Seen.
Nugget from Nizhnii Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Exhibit Case of Gold
Specimens from California
from the Millpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Var. Wood Tin
from Durango, Mexico
from the Flux Mine, Patagonia, Arizona
from the Collins Vein, Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona
from the Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Arizona
Minerals of the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Mottramite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011
from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011
from the Lavendar Pit, Bisbee, Arizona
Inclusions Bisbee, Arizona