Many of the specimens on display are from the Virginia area. Also included in the collection are specimens from famous mining localities worldwide. Items of interest include the Hokie Topaz and an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton cast.
To prevent overcrowding, groups and classes should schedule visits two weeks in advance. Visit the website to see current events, hours, and to download scavenger hunts. Most of the programs are free and open to the public. Parking passes are needed during weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, available for free at the VT Visitor Center. Study tables and wireless connectivity are available at the facility.