About the Museum

The Gillespie Museum is a rock and mineral museum offering students of all ages and the community many educational opportunities pertaining to earth and environmental science. The geologic collection of more than 15,000 minerals, rocks, and fossils is one of the oldest and largest in the southeastern U.S., and is exhibited throughout the building in various cabinets, as well as hands-on, interactive displays.

Exhibits and displays include:

  • Geology
  • Native Florida ecosystems and plant landscapes
  • The Underground World of minerals, mining and fluorescent rocks
  • Gemstones and birthstones

The museum is sited in a Florida native plant landscape. The adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center provides opportunities for community gardening, environmental programming and a Sandhill Teaching Landscape restoration project.

Museum Hours (August-April)

  • Sunday and Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed. Open monthly for Science Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Hours

   May: Museum Closed

   June: Open Summer Hours, June 1-24

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday: Closed
  • Wednesday through Friday: 1-4 p.m. The museum is occasionally open weekday mornings for special events and programs

   July: Museum closed


Walk-in Visitors

  • No Charge - Donations greatly appreciated
    • All proceeds help to enhance our educational programming.

Educational Programs (classes K-12, scouts, home school groups, etc.)

  • Students: $2.50
  • Teachers/Chaperones: Free


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The Gillespie Museum and the Rinker Environmental Learning Center are located at the southeast corner of Stetson University's DeLand Campus, at the intersection of Amelia and East Michigan Avenues. To find the most current directions to the Gillespie Museum, refer to this Google Maps link, and use our location as your destination.