Minerals play very important roles in the exhibition contents of natural history museums. Minerals, the fundamental constituent materials of the Earth crust, are known to be more than 3,000 species. They are the main concerns of natural history museums in that they are aesthetically and academically important. ‘Human and Minerals’ is the main exhibition concept in the Geological Museum of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources(KIGAM). Minerals are exhibited in groups according to the crystal chemical classification so that the visitors can understand them systematically. They are also displayed for the visitors to understand their definition, characteristics and applications to human life. In addition to the systematic mineral exhibition, there are other facilities such as experience corners, mineral observation corners, etc. to help people understand minerals. The KIGAM Geological Museum's mineral section offers a criterion for mineral exhibition of natural history museums in Korea. KIGAM Geological Museum is now connecting people with geological sciences and assumes a main role in communicating with scientific museums in other countries. Thus, it is the key center for scientific culture propagation especially in geological fields for the public in Korea.

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The scientific culture propagation for the public
A case study on Kigam Geologicla Museum and its mineral exhibition

Seok-Ki Kwon   Geological Museum, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral

Hong-Ja Shin   Geological Museum, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral

Minerals play very important roles in the exhibition contents of natural history museums. Minerals, the fundamental constituent materials of the Earth crust, are known to be more than 3,000 species. They are the main concerns of natural history museums in that they are aesthetically and academically important. ‘Human and Minerals’ is the main exhibition concept in the Geological Museum of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources(KIGAM). Minerals are exhibited in groups according to the crystal chemical classification so that the visitors can understand them systematically. They are also displayed for the visitors to understand their definition, characteristics and applications to human life. In addition to the systematic mineral exhibition, there are other facilities such as experience corners, mineral observation corners, etc. to help people understand minerals. The KIGAM Geological Museum's mineral section offers a criterion for mineral exhibition of natural history museums in Korea. KIGAM Geological Museum is now connecting people with geological sciences and assumes a main role in communicating with scientific museums in other countries. Thus, it is the key center for scientific culture propagation especially in geological fields for the public in Korea.

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