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Keweenaw Mineral Days

Description of Events

Safety is always first for all events!

All collecting requires safe practices and use of common sense.
No children on rock piles unless registered.

Keweenaw Mineral Days benefits the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum


--We strive to provide an affordable and quality experience for participants. We can no longer access many collecting sites that were accessible last year. You only pay for events you attend.

--Each participant will receive a Keweenaw Mineral Days badge from the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum.

--We strongly encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment if the event you really want to attend fills to maximum capacity before you register.

-- Please keep a copy of your registration form for your information as this is your itinerary. Pick up registration package at the museum. Your registration package will contain name badge, maps for the museum collecting events, and receipt.

--All week registered retreat participants will get

...Free admission to A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum Monday July 25 to Saturday July 30
...15 % Dsicount on selected minerals in the Museum gift shop Tuesday July 25 to Saturday July 30
...15 % Discount on General Merchandise at Museum gift shop Tuesday July 26
...15 % Discount on Museum Surplus Mineral Sale Thursday July 28

Prepared Surface Collecting Events

The retreat organizers have obtained legal permission to access and prepare old mine rock piles for surface collecting. You may be on the site legally ONLY during the times of the event. We contract heavy equipment (excavator) to move rock to expose new materials for collecting. The newly moved rock will be coated with fine particles, “muck”, which will make finding minerals more challenging. Your eyes are the essential tool for mineral collecting. For finding minerals such as datolite or greenstone, your eyes are the only tool! For finding native copper and native silver a metal detector can be quite valuable and many would consider it essential to finding copper. But you can find native copper without a metal detector too! Metal detectors can interfere with each other, so there can be problems when too many people have similar metal detectors too close together in a collecting area. We try to prepare sufficient area to accommodate everyone allowed on the site. We also limit the number of participants per site. We want your collecting experience to be fun and rewarding, but there is no guarantee of finding a treasure.

You must provide your own transportation to the collecting sites, and you must provide the skill and luck of collecting.

General Merchandise Sales at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum and Keweenaw Gem and Gift

Both the Keweenaw Gem and Gift and A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum retail shops will give a 15 % discount on general merchandise on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. This is an exclusive event for Keweenaw Mineral Days registrants and will be one day only.

Surplus Inventory Sale

The A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum will offer a 15 % discount on surplus inventory on Thursday evening. This is an exclusive event for Keweenaw Mineral Days registrants.

A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum members get discount on registration fee

Those people who are members of the museum can take a discount on their registration fee.





Updated May 13, 2016


A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Michigan Technological University
1404 E. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295
Telephone: (906)487-2572
FAX: (906)487-3027

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