Copper exhibit opens Saturday at Flandrau

Copper exhibit opens Saturday at Flandrau

A new exhibit featuring more than a hundred copper mineral specimens opens Saturday at the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center, 1601 E. University Blvd.

The exhibit, “The Many Faces of Copper,” offers visitors a look at native copper specimens, along with deep blue azurite, rich green malachite pieces and other copper minerals, UA said in a news release.

Highlighted are historical exhibits about Arizona copper mining camps such as Bisbee and Morenci, symbolic of Arizona’s mining history. Also on display is a 1,000-pound slab of solid copper.

A unique item is a copper gown by Tucson fashion designer and store owner Cele Peterson. The dress is on loan from the Arizona Historical Society.

Also open at Flandrau is the Miners’ Story Project, which offers several oral histories gathered from area miners.

Flandrau is closed Monday and Tuesday and its hours Wednesday through Sunday vary. Call 621-7827 for times or visit

Admission is $2.50 for those 5 and older. The center’s observatory is free to the public from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, weather permitting.

For more information, call 621-7827.


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