The University of Minnesota is fortunate to own a world class mineral collection. Housed within Pillsbury Hall, the University's mineral collection consists of over 7000 specimens, many of which are museum quality. The collection was started in the 1850s immediately after the founding of the University itself. Many of the specimens come from pioneering mineralogists such as Newton H. Winchell and George F. Kunz. Samples in our collection originate from all corners of the world.