‘Mineral Masterpieces’ awe at Bruce Museum
Published 12:00 am, Saturday, December 23, 2017
They sparkle, they dazzle, they awe.
Through April 1, visitors to the Bruce Museum are invited to “take a global tour of the splendor, wonder, and science of minerals” in “Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Wiener Collection.”
“This exhibition offers a rare chance to discover the wondrous beauty and amazing properties of world-class minerals from a remarkable private collection. Approximately 100 dazzling specimens will be on display, ranging from intricately connected cubes of pyrite, to dazzlingly clear crystals of selenite, to fiery red hexagons of vanadinite,” the museum, in Greenwich, said in its news release.
The collection is on loan from Robert R. Wiener, chairman of MAXX Properties, a fourth-generation family-owned real estate company based in Harrison, N.Y. The museum said he “has built this comprehensive collection over the past four decades. The collection includes minerals from Madagascar, China, Peru, Australia, Morocco, the United States, and beyond. Many examples of unusual crystal forms, rare combinations of multiple minerals growing together, and eye-catchingly enormous specimens are all featured. Visitors will learn about the key aspects of mineralogy and the critical roles minerals play in everything from nutrition to smart phones.”
“I’m delighted to be able to share my collection, and my passion,” said Wiener in the news release, who noted that his own introduction to the world of minerals came on a visit to the Museum of Natural History, in Manhattan, with his grandmother when he was 7 years old.
“The world of the dinosaurs was amazing … but the rooms filled with sparkling crystals? I was transfixed and fascinated,” Wiener said. “It’s a happy experience to spread knowledge and open the eyes of the uninitiated to a world with an allure that lasts forever.”
“We are thrilled to exhibit these truly remarkable specimens,” said Dr. Daniel Ksepka, the museum curator of science. “Each specimen brings to life a different facet of the seemingly endless variety of forms and colors found in the world of minerals. We hope the exhibition will introduce a new generation to the fascination of minerals.”
On Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Dr. Einat Lev of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, in Palisades, N.Y., will speak on the topic “Look, But Don’t Touch! Using Close-range Remote-sensing to Study Lava.” The museum also will host a screening of “Visions of Iron.” Cost is $10, free for members and students with identification.
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Through April 1. Tuesday-Sunday 10 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. $10, $8 for seniors and students with ID, free for members and children 4 and younger. Free for all on Tuesdays. Free on-site parking. 203-869-0376.