American Museum Of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History, New York City

The newly reopened Hall of Gems and Minerals is a stunner. If you have any interest in geology, this is the place for you.  If like me, you just like seeing beautiful things, get yourself to the museum—the displays are breathtaking.

I think of diversity in the living world but the range of minerals on display is extraordinary.  There are colors I’ve never seen in any plant, crystal patterns that look like 3-D architectural blueprints, light absorbing, reflecting and translucent surfaces and that only touches on the numerous distinctive qualities exhibited.

Plus, there are cut gems and a display of outrageous jewelry.