Get a sneak peek of the American Museum of Natural History’s new Halls of Gems and Minerals before they open this weekend

Those who have been clamoring to get up close and personal with gargantuan geodes, ancient blocks of granite, and glistening hunks of yellow fluorite, your time has finally come: Originally planned to open last year but delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the newly redesigned and reinstalled Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City will make their public debut on Saturday, June 12.

Designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates in collaboration with the AMNH’s exhibition department headed by Lauri Halderman, vice president for exhibition, the newly reimagined 11,000-square-foot space is divided into three main sections where 5,000

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