Calvin College, Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The design of Dice Mineralogical Museum at Calvin College was a unique opportunity to blend an exhibition gallery and an educational environment. The collection of mineral specimens was supplied by a single donor who wished to enhance and expand the geology department. 

With more than 300 specimens in the collection, the museum consciously chose to limit ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$199.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYExhibition Space/Galleries amount of minerals on display at one time. This rotating display enables senior departmental majors the opportunity to use the museum as a hands-on learning environment. The remainder of the collection resides in visible storage cabinets within the museum. The finish materials of Michigan cherry wood and copper were chosen carefully to reflect the importance of the local environment, yet neutral enough to provide a backdrop. 

In addition to focused lights that highlight the collection, the other lighting is a color-changing LED system situated in a coffered ceiling shaped to reflect the faceted nature of minerals. This controls the mood of the atmosphere and enhances a visitor’s experience.