Since the opening of our spectacular David Friend Hall in 2016, Gail and Jim Spann have generously shared gem and mineral specimens from their private collection for all Peabody visitors to contemplate and enjoy.
One of the most exciting, but often overlooked, displays is the Spann Thumbnail Collection. Comprised of over 80 stunning miniatures, each specimen is a complex and intricate world unto itself.
Using the Orbitvu AlphaShot Micro automated photography system, we have captured high-resolution images from every angle to deliver a unique and fluid, 360-degree interactive experience. This new technology allows you to explore every minute detail by spinning and magnifying each of these tiny, delicate objects.
Every Monday we’ll release a new specimen on this webpage and on our social media. We thank the Spanns for their generosity and hope you enjoy this new, signature Peabody Museum experience.