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Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum

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The Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum has a rotating display of more than 300 unique mineralogical specimens collected from around the world.

Dice Museum displays include gold nuggets, copper leaves, 100-million-year-old fossils, meteorites, and an interactive ultraviolet case to showcase fluorescent minerals. Our page on current displays includes some information sheets for display cases, mineral spotlights, and specimen descriptions. Our visitor map lists all of the current displays with their locations. 

Winner of the 2013 American School and University Outstanding Design for Exhibition Space/Galleries award, this unique space designed by GMB a+e has attracted over 15,000 visitors since its opening in November 2012. We invite you to come and see the Dice Museum and its exhibits for yourself.

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The Museum has open hours on Tuesday–Friday during most of the summer (see details below).  Informal tours are offered by student docents during all open hours or you can explore the collection on your own. Formal tours and educational lectures by faculty and/or staff are available by request. For a formal tour or if you are a group wanting to visit, please call the museum at 616-526-8100 or email Deanna van Dijk (dvandijk@calvin.edu) to make arrangements.

Open Hours (summer): 10am-3pm on Tuesdays, 10am-5pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

  • Summer hours begin the week of May 16, 2022 and continue through August 12, 2022, with the exception of the the first week of July.
    • Summer hours are 10am-3pm on Tues, 10am-5pm on Wed, Thurs, and Fri.
    • The Dice Museum is closed July 4-8, 2022.
    • The Dice Museum is closed August 15-19, 2022. 
  • The Dice Museum will have expanded summer hours the week of August 22-29 (the week before the Fall Semester begins). The hours will be announced in early August.
  • Fall semester hours begin the last week of August: Wed, Thurs, Fri from 12:30-5pm.

Special Events:

  • On Thursday, 7 April 2022, we celebrated the accomplishments of Dr. C. Renee Sparks during her six years as Director of the Dice Mineralogical Museum. See the event poster
  • In autumn 2022, the Dice Mineralogical Museum will celebrate 10 years of operation from the dedication on November 9, 2012. Date, time, and activities for celebrating will be announced. 
  • If you would like to be added to an email list for occasional updates (2-3 times a year) or for announcements of new displays and special events, please complete this short form.

Getting to the Dice Museum: We are located on the Calvin University campus at 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (see driving map to campus). On campus, you will find us on the first floor of North Hall (see map with parking and building entrances). Admission is free.

History

Mr. Bruce Dice '48 Bruce Dice, a 1948 Calvin alumnus and geologist from Houston, Texas, has been an avid rock and mineral collector for as long as he can remember. From childhood digging in his backyard, to spelunking in mines in New Zealand and Mexico, Dice has practiced the art of mineral collecting.

During the last 30 years, Dice has invested considerable time and effort into improving his exquisite collection. World-wide travels provided him opportunities to acquire rare and valuable samples. One of his favorite minerals on display is a sample of Crocoite, an unusual and rare lead chromate (PbCrO4) which forms into red, tabular crystals. The museum’s specimen was obtained from a small, family owned mine in Australia.

Through the years Dice has worked to improve the variety and quality of minerals in the collection. Recent purchases included a suite of stunning fluorescent specimens from Franklin, New Jersey.

Nevertheless, he felt something was missing: “I decided it was time to share … so [the collection] went to the love of my life — Calvin College.” A short time later, his mineral collection was delivered to professional museum staff for mounting, photographing, appraisal and documentation. Back at Calvin, faculty, staff, and students were enthusiastic when construction broke ground in March of 2012. A new addition to North Hall was erected, and over 300 mineral, meteorite, and fossil specimens were relocated to their new home on Calvin’s campus.

Both Dice and those at Calvin University agree that the collection is a magnificent way to marvel at God’s creation. With time, the museum will continue to change as new specimens are displayed from acquisitions and storage, thereby offering fresh displays of God’s handiwork to be enjoyed time and again.

Quick Facts

  • 300+

    unique mineral and fossil specimens

    100 million

    age of a fossilized octopus in years

    6.8-ounce

    gold nugget

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