One of the things that has puzzled me about natural history/science museums are the mineralogy exhibits. They really don’t seem to be about anything other than “OOH! SHINY PEBBLE!” Mind you, they often have some very cool and shiny pebbles, but contrast them to paleontology exhibits.
Sure, museums try to get a big, scary looking dinosaur posed in some sort of fierce type of way. But somewhere in the exhibit you can usually learn something about evolution, ecology, or biomechanics. But I never see that with mineralogy exhibits. For once, I would like to see an exhibit that tells me what these shiny pebbles mean for our understanding of geology. If you’ve ever been on a walk around with a field geologist, it’s pretty amazing what information they can glean from a few rocks, but you would never know it from the mineralogy exhibit.
So, two questions:
- Am I missing something–maybe it’s right there in front me.
- What do you think should be covered in a ‘better’ mineralogy exhibit?