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A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum


We conserve and develop our collection to educate people about minerals.


The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum strives to be recognized nationally and internationally for its mineral collection and its exhibits. We will actively and conscientiously seek to enhance the quality, depth, and breadth of the collection. Our exhibits will be continually improved to educate people about minerals and their relevance to society. The museum will demonstrate its stature as the officially designated mineral museum of the State of Michigan and the mineral museum of the Great Lakes region. The museum will support Michigan Tech's mission, vision, and goals to be an internationally recognized technological university. Success will be measured by the reputation of the museum, its collection and by the impact of its exhibits.

Goal 1 - Enhance the quality, usefulness, and value of the mineral collection.


1.1 actively acquire high quality specimens for the collection through donations, purchase, and exchange that improve the quality, depth, and breadth of the collection.


1.2 deaccession inferior or redundant specimens to facilitate the acquisition of other higher quality, more useful specimens.


1.3 properly conserve collection objects and their associated documentation to preserve and assure their usefulness for future generations.


1.4 maintain an emphasis in the collection on Michigan, the Great Lakes and Midwest regions while expanding worldwide coverage.


Goal 2 - Continually improve the educational content and public experience of museum exhibits.


2.1 improve educational and public experience by better graphic and text content of exhibits.


2.2 create and install galleries and exhibits that support existing and new theme.s


2.3 improve thematic flow of the exhibit hall. 


2.4 include educational content that is diverse and consistent with a variety of learning styles.


Goal 3 - Enhancing the museum’s reputation.


3.1 continue to improve the collection.


3.2 create educational exhibits that are new and unique for mineral museums.  


3.3 maintain an active presence in the professional and popular published mineralogical and geological literature.


3.4 provide temporary exhibits at mineral shows of regional, national and international stature.


3.5 develop public awareness through talks, website and other museum sponsored events.


Goal 4 - Support MichiganTech's mission and vision.


4.1 support the educational mission of Michigan Tech.


4.2 assist in attracting outstanding new students, faculty, and staff by providing a rich stimulating, aesthetically pleasing, and welcoming educational and cultural environment in the museum that illustrates the high quality of Michigan Tech.


4.3 expose prospective university donors to an environment in the museum that demonstrates the quality of Michigan Tech.


4.4 outreach to the public through museum exhibits and activities that demonstrate Michigan Tech as a quality university.


4.5. continually strive to increase the reputation of the museum.


4.6 develop museum resources that insure a long term and sustainable financial self-sufficiency.


Updated January 24, 2014

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