The Warren Museum of Fluorescence was founded in 1999 by Thomas S. Warren. This museum occupies four rooms of the old mill building from 1916. There are more than 700 fluorescent minerals and objects on display throughout the four rooms.
Some Exhibit Highlights
The color wall
Upon entering the main room of the museum visitors will see before them the Color Wall, a 16-ft-wide, floor-to-ceiling display of 100 over sized fluorescent mineral specimens, some of them 2-3 ft long and weighing more than 100 pounds. A sequential lighting scheme allows viewers to see the minerals first under longwave ultraviolet light, then under shortwave ultraviolet light, and finally under both. This is followed by a brief period of darkness so that the phosphorescence, or "afterglow", of some of the minerals can be seen.
In the main room, there are fluorescent minerals piled on open ore cars. Suspended above the ore cars are longwave ultraviolet lights. Visitors will see that when they stand by the tables and touch the minerals, it is not only the minerals that fluoresce, but themselves as well.
More than a dozen theme cases in the Warren Museum illustrate some particular facet of fluorescence. Some of the themes involve a specific mineral, a locality, an activator element, among others. No less beautiful than the other displays, these cases allow visitors to learn as much or as little about fluorescence as they wish.
The Warren Museum will be sure to dazzle people of all ages!
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