“Treasures of the Queen” Exhibit Celebrates Minerals, Mystery of Bisbee

The University of Arizona will mark the 56th Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February with a celebration of historic Bisbee and an exhibition of rare Bisbee minerals at the Flandrau Science Center and the UA Mineral Museum. This exhibit, “Treasures of the Queen: The Amazing Minerals and Mystery of Bisbee, Arizona,” will run beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, through May 31.

This special exhibition will highlight Bisbee’s rich culture as Arizona’s booming, bustling, “Little San Fran” mining town. Join us to view extraordinary minerals from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, minerals from private collections that have never been on public display, and other artifacts and vintage clothing that will bring this famous time alive again!

Visitors will be treated to a large, rare, colorful cuprite (pronounced “KYOO-prahyt”) – which has a brilliance greater than diamonds – as well as beautiful azurite (AZH-uh-rahyt) and malachite (MAL-uh-kahyt) specimens, among others. The exhibit will also give visitors a background on Bisbee’s amazing caves and cave formations.

“Treasures of the Queen” also traces Bisbee’s rich history and pivotal role in Arizona’s journey to statehood, and includes an exhibit of textiles and artifacts from 1880 through the 1940s.

This unique look into the minerals and history of Bisbee is made possible by a generous gift from the Freeport McMoRan Foundation.

The exhibit will be on display upstairs from the UA Mineral Museum, in the Galaxy Room of the science center. During the exhibition, the main gallery of Flandrau science exhibits will also be available. Beginning February 6, Flandrau: The University of Arizona Science Center will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. School groups can reserve Thursday and Friday morning field trips for a fee by going to www.uasciencecenter.org and completing the online reservation form.

Ticket prices are as follows:
Children under 4 years old: Free
Children 4 to 15 years old: $5
Adults (16 and older): $7.50
Cat Card holders: $2 off admission

For more information, call 520-621-4516. The science store will be open during regular business hours, offering unique science and mineral related books, games, toys and clothing.

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Flandrau Parking Information
Flandrau Science Center is located on the University of Arizona campus on the northeast corner of Cherry Avenue and University Boulevard. Free parking is available on the University of Arizona campus all day Saturday and after 5 PM Fridays in metered spaces and many parking lots.