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University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

1215 W. Dayton St., Weeks Hall, Madison, WI 53706
608-262-2399
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Ranked #21 of 48 attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin's deep history!On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoesin... more » Owner description: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin's deep history!On your visit you can touch rocks from a time when there were volcanoesin Wisconsin; see corals, jellyfish and other sea creatures that used tolive and swim where we now walk; and stand under the tusks of a mastodonwhile imagining yourself in the Ice Age. Also on display at the GeologyMuseum are rocks and minerals that glow, a model of a Wisconsin cave,dinosaurs and meteorites.Our mineral, rock and fossil collections have the power to educate andinspire visitors of all ages. Come see for yourself! « less
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Green Bay, WI
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94 reviews 94 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Small museum on the UW Campus (which made parking difficult to find.) Great exhibits with many large samples of rocks and gems. There is an area lit by black light to see the various samples glow. Many fossils also, with a sigh stating they are working on an exhibit to let you touch dinosaur bones. Best part were the rocks... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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64 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My boys are really in to rocks and fossils, so we definitely wanted to include a quick trip here when we were on our road trip this summer. My boys are ages 10 and 12. We all really enjoyed this free musuem. It's not very big, but it is packed with some really interesting rocks, fossils, minerals, and dinosaur bones.... More

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Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I spent many hours with my kids at the Geology Museum. WHat kid doesn't go for fossils and neat stuff. It's small and free...

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Naperville, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you're interested in the outdoors in Wisconsin, you should stop here. The collection of fossils, minerals and rocks from around the state is very good. The staff are very friendly and take great pleasure in sharing these wonders with you.

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Evansville, Wisconsin
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

It doesn't matter how old you are the staff can tailor a tour for your group regardless of your age. You can find Ice Age mammals to Dinosaurs and many minerals and rocks that fluoresce!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Especially if you are traveling with kids from maybe 7-14...a brief and fascinating diversion, and you can buy a little stone on your way out. The fluorescent display and dinosaurs are nice "ooh-ahh" features. You can do a sneak peek at: http://www.geology.wisc.edu/~museum/visit.html

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Madison, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

This small gem of a museum is likely one of the oldest museums in the State of Wisconsin and despite its size, is PACKED with glowing minerals, dynamic crystals and full-sized fossil DINOSAURS! Owned and operated by UW-M, the hours are scant and parking can be somewhat sparse, but the value your family will get from a trip here is... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This free museum is more like an exhibit. It's not very big but will keep you occupied for 30-40 minutes. It does contain a number of fossils and interesting geological artifacts but obviously, will not compare to nationally funded, better known museums.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband scouted this museum online and we took our rambunctious almost four-year-old granddaughter on an outing. At first the place seemed pitched to a considerably higher age range, also seeming rather dry--full of glass enclosed displays of geodes and the like. But we moved forward with the promise of dinosaurs and voilå, there they were! A mastodon, a large... More

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Skokie, Illinois
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26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We were looking for something to do in the morning before getting back on the road and this fit the bill. It is a small museum in one of the buildings on the campus. If you have a child that is into rocks, fossils and dinosaurs - you could probably spend an hour or so here. We walked through in... More

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