The Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum is a 501(C)3 organization committed to the preservation of minerals and mining history for the purpose of educating students, educators, and the general public as it relates to the Kentucky/Illinois Fluorspar District and the effect minerals have on the daily lives of the general public.A visit to Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Marion trip planner to plot your vacation.
Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum reviews
One wouldn't think looking at a hunch of rocks would be fascinating but it is. This is a huge collection, accumulated over a lifetime. They are beautifully displayed. The folks that work there give the tours and they are very knowledgeable. The gift shop is a special treat that I really like. The first part of June every year there is the gem, mineral and fossil show. The vendors have beautiful pieces of hand crafted jewelry for sale and it's a fossil collectors dream. It's a really great way to spend a day!
My wife and I went by the Clement Mineral Museum on our anniversary on June 15, 2019. It was her idea and I kind of rolled my eyes mentally but we had a great time there. We had two guides that gave us personal tours of the facility. I didn't realize that Andrew Jackson had mine up there before he got into politics. The crystals they have there are incredible. They are constantly updating their facility with new exhibits. I was amazed with way florescent light made the various crystals glow. It was beautiful. It took a couple of hours to go through all their different rooms. Kind of reminded me of a mini Louvre (in Paris) but for mining and minerals history and with guides. I will definitely stop by again if I'm ever in the area. I took about 25 photos there that I will upload.
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