A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and expanding the study of mineralogy and the hobby of mineral collecting. Our mission is to promote and preserve Virginia mineral and mining heritage while expanding the knowledge of minerals more broadly through community programs and partnerships.

VMP: Virginia Classics Part 2

Virginia Mineral Classics (Part 2) Virginia is home to many classic mineral locations and unique discoveries. Join us for part two in an open discussion to highlight the top locations and discoveries in Virginia. Bring your specimens and stories to share with the community! We will be discussing the following locations: 1) Peter's Mountain Iridescent […]

VMP Event: Cleaning & Preparing Mineral Specimens

Part two of this series will focus on mineral preparation and cleaning your specimens. We will cover the best practices for getting your specimens to their final display state. Share your techniques and prepare to learn a lot during this live interactive discussion!

FMVA October Meeting

Mindat Community Workshop! Come join us as we update and work on helping preserve Virginia localities on Mindat!

JMU Mineral Museum by Dr. Lance & Cindy Kearns

Join us for an exciting presentation on the historic re-opening of the new JMU Mineral Museum. Dr. Lance & Cindy Kearns will be presenting on the history and evolution of the JMU museum over the years and the events leading up to this brand new exhibit. Be prepared for fun stories and beautiful mineral photographs! […]

FMVA January Meeting

Description: While eruptions at mid-ocean ridges comprise ~80% of Earth’s volcanism, they get decidedly less attention than subaerial volcanoes because they are mostly hidden from view. Mid-ocean ridge basalts (“MORB”) aren’t particularly known for their mineral diversity, but they do have a lot of interesting things to say about the composition and temperature of everyone’s […]