American Museum of Natural History…a True GEM of a Trip!


“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.” Elizabeth Taylor



     Looking for an excursion that doesn’t involve leaving New York City? The American Museum of Natural History is thrilled to announce that on June 12th, the completely redesigned and reimagined Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will reopen after a four year absence.
     The new exhibit contains three main divisions; the Gems Hall, the Minerals Hall, and the Melissa and Keith Meister Gallery for temporary exhibitions.
     A spectacular 12-foot-tall sparkling amethyst geode takes your breath away upon entering. I felt extra safe being fully vaccinated in conjunction with the mask mandate still in effect at the museum.  In the dimly lit, thoughtfully arranged space, the beautifully illuminated specimens are truly magical!  Some huge…some tiny…they  were ALL breathtaking. The exhibit is spacious and perfectly organized and there is truly something for everyone. Whether you love geology, history, jewelry or just science in general, there are ample opportunities to be wowed.  The interactive learning stations spread out throughout the hall, and the signage and labeling of the gems and minerals, work splendidly to enhance your visit.
     The Mineral Hall comprises four sections: Mineral Forming Environments, Minerals Fundamentals, Systemic Classifications, and Minerals & Light.
     The temporary exhibit shines with “Beautiful Creatures,” which showcases some of the world’s most glorious jewelry pieces, each inspired by animals. A genuine highlight for me was the famous Cartier flamingo brooch gifted to Wallis Simpson from Prince Edward Duke of Windsor.
     Timed tickets are required to visit the museum, which includes the new Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals. Go to  to reserve your space.
So, if you would like to see the natural wonders from exotic destinations such as Myanmar, Kashmir, Australia, Sri Lanka and Brazil, head on over to the American Museum of Natural History. Most of the fun and none of the jetlag!
P.S That’s 7-year old me proudly showing off my gem and mineral collection circa 1969.