Exhibition staff members install a nearly-half-ton stibnite specimen in the all-new Halls of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History. Photo by D. Finnin, ©American Museum of Natural History.
Four years ago, the Halls of Gems and Minerals at New York’s American Museum of Natural History closed for long-overdue renovations. The cavelike space, deliberately designed to evoke the feeling of the mines where many of the specimens on display had been excavated, had been essentially untouched since 1976.
This week, it reopens to the public and features some 5,500 objects, from polished diamonds to rough-hewn sandstone.