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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.

Eclipse hours - The museum will be open August 18th, 19th, and 20th from 10AM - 5PM
On Saturday
,  their will be special children's activities.

What's Happening:

  • Scheduled Digs 2017
    Due to issues beyond the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum Board of Directors control, regrettably, all digs sponsored by the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum have been canceled for the 2017 season or until further notice. If you are currently registered for a dig the museum will be sending refund checks ASAP.
  • Register Here for a Dig!


Open Year Around
Winter Hours
Oct, Nov., Dec. Jan., Feb., March, & April
Wednesday through Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM

Summer Hours
May, June, July, Aug., Sept.
Monday through Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM

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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