We went to Flandrau with friends who are avid collectors of minerals and meteorites. The Science Center Exhibits on the main floor were educational and fun, but downstairs was the highlight.
The U of Arizona Mineral Museum has a very complete exhibit and it was very informative. You see the raw items from around the world and finished products (like jewelry) made from the raw materials.
One of the highlights was seeing a replica of the Tucson Ring that was a part of a meteorite that was brought to Tucson prior to 1850 and used by blacksmiths. I had just read about it in the April issue of the DesertLeaf magazine.
Another educational surprise was learning that the Arizona state mineral is not copper, but wulfenite that was named in 2017.
We will do a future trip to see the planetarium.
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