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Welcome to the Granite Gap

John H. Eicher Mineral Museum

Featuring the mineral collection of David J. Eicher

About the John H. Eicher Mineral Museum

The Granite Gap John H. Eicher Mineral Museum is a project that will commence in 2010 and be built over the coming months, providing a spectacular museum facility for mineral, rock, and meteorite collectors. The museum will stand at Gene Turner's Granite Gap community north of Animas, New Mexico, and will contain galleries featuring the spectrum of mineral species, minerals of New Mexico and Arizona, gem minerals, meteorites, the history of mining, and special exhibits. Visitors will also be able to use equipment for microscopic studies of minerals and for making lapidary items with rocks and minerals. A gift shop will allow visitors to take home mineral specimens.

The museum is named for John Harold Eicher (1921- ), Ohio educator, professor of organic chemistry at Miami University, Manhattan Project scientist, and mining expert, who has maintained a lifelong interest in mineralogy. Eicher is the father of Astronomy magazine editor and fellow mineralogist David J. Eicher, whose collection is featured on this web site.

This web site will feature mineral descriptions and general background information about minerals and mineral collecting to support the educational mission of the museum. It will start modestly and will grow rapidly over the coming weeks and months. Be sure to check back for frequent updates!