Spodumene (Donated by Ann & Ed David)

We want to thank Dr. Robert Downs and the mineral museum advisory board for the leadership and vision over the past 10 years during the museum's time at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. Volunteers have always been an instrumental component in the success of the museum. We are sincerely grateful for all of their efforts. Dr. Yang and the museum volunteers packed, transported, and moved the entire museum collection to the new facility.  Mineral specimen washing and prep have been underway to get specimens to display ready. Thank you to Les Presmyk for traveling to Tucson weekly.

We are sincerely grateful for the world-class gem and mineral loans programmed for display from Dr. Gene Meieran, Dr. Rob Lavinsky, Les Presmyk, Robbie McCarty, Evan Jones, and Peter Megaw.  Guidance from the gem trade experts during the museum build-out has been greatly appreciated by Cap Beesley, Bruce Bridges, and Shelly Sergent.  Debra Colodner provided hands-on activity suggestions leading to the creation of the Crystal Lab as well as docent training.  John Lucking and Dr. Alex Schauss helped guide governance and aid fundraising efforts. Lastly, thank you to Will Wilkinson for providing modern mining content in the Arizona Gallery.

The Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum gratefully acknowledges the following  donors: 

  • Allan Norville & Family 

  • Freeport-McMoRan

  • Pima County

  • Caterpillar Inc. 

  • Somewhere in the Rainbow Collection

  • BHP

  • Wayne & Dona Leicht 

  • William Miles Nathan

  • Paula Crevoshay

  • Robbie McCarty