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Welcome to Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum

Welcome to the Clement Mineral Museum, a one-of-a-kind showcase of the collection of Ben E. Clement, a giant in Kentucky mining. The collection is composed of thousands of fluorite crystal specimens, ranging in weight from a fraction of an ounce to hundreds of pounds. Each specimen was “a rare accidental find” among regular ore bodies. In addition to the fluorite, there are many other rare mineral samples, fossils, and exquisite mineral carvings.

Also preserved in the museum is an extensive collection of journals, photographs, mining tools, and artifacts related to fluorspar mining, an industry that flourished during World War II and was an economic staple until the 1950’s.

The museum is an inspiration to all who visit. The exhibits are geared to maximize visitor exposure to the minerals, the mining, and the people involved in the Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District.


What's Happening:

  • Scheduled Digs 2015
    April 18
    May 16
    June 6 & 7*
    July 18
    August 15
    September 12
    October 10

    *Also, dates of the Ben E. Clement Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show
  • Register Here for a Dig!


Open Year Around
October - May
Wednesday - Saturday 10AM - 3PM

Summer Hours
June - September
Monday - Saturday 10AM - 3PM

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 391, 205 North Walker Street.

Tours, for other times, may be arranged by contacting us at 270-965-4263

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