Copper in the Capital

If you are ever in Washington, DC there is one thing you need to see.  The Keweenaw copper on exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History is a beautiful sight.  In the geologic exhibit you will see copper skulls, small fragments of pure copper, copper with calcite, and right next to the Hope Diamond you will see something even more precious…a large, rare sheet of copper weighing 324 pounds.  When my sister-in-law was in town recently we made a trek to the museum.  It’s nice to see this red metal respected and displayed in a Smithsonian museum given the importance it played in the shaping of our history.  You can even purchase small copper fragments in the gift shop if you want to take a piece of the Copper Country home with you!  Please enjoy a few photos from our visit.


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