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Julia Taylor, Denver Museum of Nature & Science  
(303) 370-6384
Dan Hopkins, Press Secretary, Governor Bill Owens
(303) 866-6324
Amy Jewett Sampson, Deputy Press Secretary, Governor Bill Owens
(303) 866-6323
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(303) 322-7009



DENVER—April 15, 2002—On Wednesday, April 17, Governor Owens, students from an Earth Science class in Bailey, Colo., state legislators and mineral enthusiasts at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science are going to get a fascinating glimpse at Colorado’s new official state mineral—rhodochrosite.

Governor Owens will sign HB 1346 into law on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Coors Gem & Mineral Hall at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. When he signs the bill, he’ll be surrounded by the science students who researched the world-class discoveries of rhodochrosite at the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colo. and suggested it become the state mineral. State Representative Carl Miller and State Senator Ken Chlouber, bill sponsors, will cheer on the Governor. Following the bill signing, participants will take a stroll through the Museum’s beautiful mineral collections, home to a rich variety of rocks including the world’s largest rhodochrosite crystal, the “Alma King” found in the Sweet Home Mine in 1992.

“Minerals help shape the Colorado landscape,” said Governor Owens. “Colorado is known for its epic history of mining and the great variety of minerals that can be found here. However, it is the bright red rhodochrosite mineral that is internationally identified with the state more than any other mineral.”

Bill Coors, who has served as a Museum Trustee since 1994, will also be on hand for the festivities. Coors is a collector of rhodochrosite who has a great passion for the natural world. Visitors from around the globe visit the Museum to see an incredible eight foot wall of real rhodochrosites and the famous “Alma King,” artifacts that the Adolf Coors Foundation donated to the Museum for display in the Coors Gem & Mineral Hall. Coincidentally, Mr. Coors is retiring from the Museum’s Board of Trustees and becoming a Museum Trustee Emeritus on the same day as rhodochrosite becomes Colorado’s state mineral.

Museum Information

Background: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth and the universe. 

Standard Hours of Operation, Ticket Pricing and Discounts: The Museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed December 25). General admission and IMAX® tickets are $8.00 each for adults and $5.50 each for children (ages 3 - 12) and seniors (60+). Combination tickets are also available, and advance tickets can be purchased online at Admission prices and hours are subject to change. Museum members are admitted free and may purchase discounted tickets to the Phipps IMAX® Theater. Discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more. For information on special group rates, please call (303) 370-8313. For all other inquiries, please call (303) 322-7009, TTY (303) 370-8257 for the hearing impaired or (800) 925-2250 outside the Denver metro area.

Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by generous funding from the citizens
of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

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