Stone Ages

A photo essay.

The Peabody Museum calls its new David Friend Hall, opening to the public this Sunday, a “state-of-the-art gem and mineral gallery.” I call it a gemnasium, where your sense of wonder gets a workout.

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The gallery’s current holdings—many of which are from private collections and therefore rarely seen by the public—are astounding. Some, including a 50 million-year-old fossil slab, are massive. Gazing at their shapes, colors and textures, dramatized by gorgeous display lighting, is enough to reignite the interest many of us had in mineralogy as kids.

Current kids will be amazed, too, of course, but David Friend Hall proves there’s no single stone age. Check out the email version of this story to see all the shots.

David Friend Hall at the Yale Peabody Museum
170 Whitney Ave, New Haven (map)
Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm starting Sunday, October 23
(203) 432-8987
Museum Website | Opening Event

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Turning down a dream editing job right out of college, Dan instead went into marketing and media sales to better cover the rent. Stints at Spin Magazine and Yahoo! followed. But he kept scratching that writing-and-editing itch—first on the side, then at a couple of startups. Dan is now scratching it as Daily Nutmeg's editor.

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