Newark Is Home To Delaware’s Best Hidden Gem… Literally
It might seem like a bad pun but Newark’s gems have been named the best hidden gem in Delaware.
Vacation season is here and maybe you haven’t planned anything.
You can always plan a pretty decent staycation in the first state.
The University of Delaware is home to Delaware’s best hidden gem
TheCrazyTourist released it’s list of “22 Amazing Hidden Gems in Delaware” and number 1 is located at UD.
“Staycate” inside of Penny Hall at the University of Delaware and you’ll be dazzled. Delaware’s hidden gem is quite literally full of gems.
Penny Hall is home to the University of Delaware’s Mineralogical Museum with over 350 precious and semi-precious stones and minerals from its 3,000+ collection.
“Many of the museum’s pieces are rare or unique, with each dazzling item vying for attention. In addition to raw stones you can also see gems that have been exquisitely carved and crafted. See a piece of outer space with the collection of meteorites, discover more about the area’s mineralogy, and learn interesting facts about crystallography” TheCrazyTourist says.
Most of the gems at this Delaware hidden gem are local!
According to the University of Delaware’s website “minerals on display come from exotic locations around world, with crystals from Mexico, Brazil and Morocco, as well as from sites closer to home, such as calcite crystals from York, Pa., and tourmaline from Elkton, Md.”
For information about the Mineralogical Museum, please contact Curator Sharon Fitzgerald at slfitz[at]udel.edu or 302-831-6557. The hours on the website for the museum say it is currently closed, but it seems like its normal hours match up with the school year.
The Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington and The Inn at Montchanin also made the Top 3 on “22 Amazing Hidden Gems in Delaware” list.
Additionally, you can see the full list and rankings here.
So, Let the staycation begin!
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