Why was the Earth Science Museum formed?

The Earth Science Museum was formed to fill the void in earth science education that was created by the closure of the Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum in 2011.


Our mission is to excite and inspire all generations about earth sciences. We will provide engaging and exceptional learning experiences through hands-on classroom instruction and at community events

Why is Earth science important?

Earth science is critical to modern society and our future. Everything we do is connected in some way to the Earth.


Arizona has a rich mineral and mining heritage along with many geological wonders, such as the Grand Canyon.  Displays of spectacular minerals from local mines have always attracted public attention and served as focal points for learning about earth science. The Earth Science Museum (ESM) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports earth science education in Arizona.

Help Needed!

Providing educational outreach is exciting, but it's also challenging involving huge amounts of time, talent, and resources.  We need your help! Please donate, become a member, or volunteer!

Classroom Instruction

We provide hands-on classroom instruction through our educational outreach programs.  In our first year of operation, the ESM developed two new teacher kits and successfully piloted these kits and associated instructional presentations at 17 local schools.

Community Events

We create special earth science displays at community events, such as gem and mineral shows and science fairs.

Online Resources

We make materials from our kits and displays available online. In addition, we supply links to other earth science related websites.

Background and Recent Developments

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Our Supporters

Some key supporters of the Earth Science Museum include the following organizations. Thank you for your contributions!

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