The fluorite crystals come in all sizes and colors but they all remain true to the natural crystalline shape.The museum also contains a wide collection of mining equipment and other minerals and fossils. Even the western Kentucky coal mining industry and geology is included in the many interesting exhibits.
The rock hound should know that the museum conducts several digs each year open to the public for a fee. More information can be found about this seasons schedule and upcoming events on the museum's web page.
Only a few counties in this particular region of Kentucky can this amazing deposit of minerals be found. All the working mines have long been closed and according to the web site the last commercial mining was in the late 50's. The only mining done these days are by collectors and through the museum scheduled and supervised digs.
Some of the minerals have a florescent nature and reflect an amazing array of colors under a black light. One room in the museum has a huge display of really drab looking rocks covering one whole wall. But once the lights are turned off in the room and a black light is turned on the rocks come alive with beautiful phosphorescent colors. It actually is almost unbelievable that nature includes this mysterious attribute to these stones which have been buried in the earth for millions of years absent from any light. Yet here,visibly offer a stunning visual experience.
The Ben E. Clements Mineral Museum is a great place to visit for anyone interested in rock collecting and geology studies. Please check museum website for directions and hours of operation before you make the trip.
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