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Opening of the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals Postponed

Rendering of visitors standing in front of a large geode in the new Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals. A conceptual rendering of the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, opening in Fall 2020 at the American Museum of Natural History.
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The American Museum of Natural History announced today that the opening of the redesigned Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will be moved from February to Spring 2021. The decision balances enthusiasm for opening the Halls with the need for caution over the next few months as the Museum—and all New Yorkers—monitor the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new opening date will be announced after the new year. 

The Museum will continue to remain open, practicing COVID-19 health and safety protocols, in accordance with city and state guidance, including maintaining the 25% capacity limit for onsite visitation.

A brilliant showcase for one of the greatest collections of its kind, featuring about 5,000 specimens from 95 countries, the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will tell the fascinating stories of how mineral diversity arose, the environments in which minerals form, how scientists classify them, and how humans have used them throughout history for personal adornment, tools, and technology.