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New Gem & Mineral Museum rolls towards grand opening in downtown

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Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum

TUCSON (KVOA) - The University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum in downtown Tucson is getting closer to opening after a full renovation and buildout at the historic Pima County Courthouse. 

The 12,000 square foot facility will have more than 2,200 gems and minerals on display. The three main galleries of the museum will showcase minerals native to Arizona and Mexico,  gemstones, jewelry and gem science. The museum will also have hands-on interactive activities for its visitors. 

The museum staff is currently preparing the exhibits and displays, although an opening date has not been determined. 

The university is closely working with Pima County to avoid a rocky start to the reopening process. They are anticipating to safely open to the public this year. 

The museum was able to open in partnership with the University of Arizona Foundation to raise funds for the opening. The crowdfunding campaign has raised $7,059 of its $10,000 goal. Any additional funds will be matched by an anonymous donor for up to $5,000. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written by News 4 Tucson's Rebeca Moreno.

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