Exhibits

Crater Rock Museum houses the finest displays of rocks, minerals and gems on the West Coast: world-class minerals, petrified woods, fossils, Native American artifacts, and much more!

Fluorescent Mineral Display

Our Fluorescent Mineral Display room is a favorite among visitors. Close the curtain, set the time, and watch the fluorescent show in the darkened room. The rocks glow different colors under different light. This is a must-see when visiting the museum.

Fossil Fish From the Green River Formation

When you visit the Fossil Room, look for the fossil fish specimens from the Green River Formation. The Green River Formation is from the Eocene era (50 million years ago!) and records the sedimentation in a group of lakes in three basins along the Green River in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. Our Green River Formation is from Wyoming. Our particular fossil slab is extremely rare, and features an abundance of perfectly preserved fossil fish on both sides.

Minerals

Our mineral specimen collection is among the best on display along the entire West Coast. You can view gold, gems, and commercial-use minerals and see how some of them are used every day. Click photos to enlarge!

"Dogtooth" Calcite

Rhodocrosite "Alma Mater"

Tourmaline var. Rubellite

Vivianite "Viva Viv"

Beryl Aquamarine

Elbaite

Smithsonite

Malachite

Cavansite "Ravin Cavan"

Agates, Geodes & Thundereggs

we have a huge selection of cut and polished geodes and “thunder eggs” nestled among specimens of petrified wood, ancient petrified pine cones, and palm trees.
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"Cathedral"

"Double Whammy"

"Bandit"

"Splayer"

"Crystal Jaws"

"Swamp Thing"

Casper the Thunder Egg

"Mouse"

Dendritic Agate

Fossils

We’ve dedicated an entire room in the museum to fossils and we think they are some of the best available. Click photos to enlarge!

Ammonite

Megladon (Giant Shark)

Crinoid "Sea Lily"

Mioplosus (Perch-like)

Mosasaurus

Smilodon "Sabre Tooth Cat"

Artifact Room

The artifact room has an eclectic assortment of collections. They are from the Rogue Valley and Eastern Oregon, Inca Culture as well as an assortment from around the world. Out-of-area donations include African Artifacts, Middle-Eastern bronze arrow-points, Anasazi pottery and tools as well as a few Pacific Northwest Coast Salish, Eskimo cultural artifacts. We have on display Indian artifacts and effigies, mostly found in the Rogue Valley, as well as the Pacific Northwest. In addition to those, also on display are (contemporary) arrowheads and spear points, and tools.
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Scrimshaw

This collection is one of the rarest and most complete you’ll ever see. The artwork on these pieces of ivory are just amazing. Make sure you spend time looking at the detail in each piece. Donated by the estate of David Holmes of “Harry and David’s” fame. Click photos to enlarge!

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Seashells

We have a unique collection with many specimens that include Nautilus, Horseshoe Crab, Triton, Conch and Abalone shells. There are a wide variety of corals, and sea specimens from around the world. Click photos to enlarge!

Nautilus

Abalone

Giant Tun

Horseshoe Crab

Slate Pencil Urchin

Tritons Trumpet

Dale Chihuly’s Student Art Glass Exhibit

Various artist designs from the Dale Chihuly Studios near Seattle, Washington. Click photos to enlarge!

Artist: Dale Chihuly Studios

Artist: Richard Hornby

Artist: Richard Hornby

Artist: Carole Perry

Artist: Kevin Shluker

Artist: Rollin King

Carvings from the Orient

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