Gold specimen from museum collection
Jeff Scovil
Gold specimen from museum collection

A promise to be fulfilled

The new University of Arizona Gem & Mineral Museum will bring globally renowned scientists to Tucson and set off an explosion of tourism. It will make University of Arizona the center of the Earth sciences universe and unify the mineralogy community that revolves around it. 

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, the museum must raise a minimum of $15 million. The renovation at the Pima County Courthouse is targeted for completion in 2020.

We know we can meet this challenge, and we can do so very quickly. Let’s turn this historic building into a world-famous museum and world-class destination for Earth scientists. Since you are recognized as someone with a vital interest in the project, we’d like to ask for your help in making this vision a reality.

Help us make your museum a reality.

Ways to Donate

There are a number of ways you can help support the Museum.

Monetary Donations
Monetary donations help us share our collection with the public, preserve and care for our collection, improve our educational programs, enhance, expand and maintain our exhibits and purchase new specimens.

For donations by mail, please make checks payable to The University of Arizona Mineral Museum
and addressed to:

Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum

c/o RII Business Center

Marshall Bldg - 5th Floor

845 N Park Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85719

Secure online donations can be made at the University of Arizona’s Foundation website.

Specimen Donations
Specimen donations help us to improve our collection with better or different examples of minerals from new and diverse localities. If you would like to donate specimens, please contact our Curator, Susan Leib at