The Stifler Collection of Meteorites

Meteorites are fragments of natural material that fall to Earth from space. They are among the rarest and oldest—4.5 billion years old—known to exist.

Fundamental to understanding the origin of our solar system, meteorites come from asteroids, the Moon and Mars.

One of the world’s greatest meteorite collections is at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, which exhibits the largest display of lunar and Martian meteorites on Earth.

Do you think you’ve found a meteorite? If so, please send a high-resolution photo to Please do not send specimens. MMGM is not responsible for any unsolicited specimens sent to the museum, nor is MMGM responsible for returning them to senders.

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