Welcome to the Arizona Geological Survey's Mineral Collection Database.

Our mineral collection includes over 22,000 minerals from Arizona and around the world. It was the former collection of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, transferred to the stewardship of Arizona Geological Survey on 6 Aug. 2016. While the collection remains in storage, we hope to expose several thousand of the finest minerals at the Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education Museum at 1502 W. Washington St, Phoenix, Arizona, in 2018.

Check out our facebook and twitter pages for more information about the MMNRE Museum, and browse our collection using one of the search options above.



Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Gila County will return records associated with Gila OR County). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Copper Queen Mine"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.