Mineralogy and Petrology Collection

Mineralogy and Petrology Collection

The Mineralogy and Petrology Collection is a comprehensive resource of more than 12,000 rock and mineral specimens from around the world. Established in 1912, it is one of the oldest systematic collections in Canada, actively used for geological teaching and study, including research in geochemistry, the tectonic history of Alberta, and the search for hydrocarbon reservoirs. Specimens have been acquired during staff and student research projects and through donations from private collectors and the petroleum and mining industries. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers, students, collectors, and the museum community.

Location and Access

  • The collection can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public
  • Highlights of the collection are exhibited in the Mineralogy and Petrology Museum (B-08 Earth Sciences Building)
  • Monday to Friday (closed holidays): 8 am to 4 pm
  • Members of the public and school groups (K-12) are welcome to arrange a tour of the Mineralogy and Petrology Museum (minimum five, maximum 30 people) 
  • Contact the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in advance to ensure availability


Tom Chacko, Curator
3-11A Earth Sciences Building
Phone: (780) 492-5395

Lisa Budney, Collections Assistant
3-34 Tory Building
Phone: (780) 288-0109


Related Links

Departmental Collection Web Site