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University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

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Address: 1215 W. Dayton St., Weeks Hall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone Number: 608-262-2399
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Description: Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin's deep...
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!
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Small but fun!

Had a great time at the zoo with my boys! My little guy loves rocks and fossils and all things dinosaurs, and this zoo did the trick.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Had a great time at the zoo with my boys! My little guy loves rocks and fossils and all things dinosaurs, and this zoo did the trick.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The museum is basically an office set in the university and not a stand-alone museum. It has nice displays, but you can cover the whole thing in about 30 minutes. Also, if you're a tourist, find a way to get there without a car as parking is absolutely impossible in this area. On a perfectly calm and quiet day, with... More 

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Great little gem (pun intended) on campus. Doesn't take too long to check out and a very nice variety of exhibits. The glow in the dark exhibit is our favorite.

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Chillicothe, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Free admission and lots of rocks, minerals, and fossils. It was a nice place to tour and whole family loved it (aged 13-59). Great little place to visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Entrance is by contribution. Wonderful displays of rocks and minerals. I highly recommend the black light room. You can see minerals Flores. Really cool. Manageable size.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The docents know their minerals, and really enjoy teaching what they know. A fun, fascinating place if you like learning, and exploring the natural world. When they have special exhibits it can get crowded, but it's always worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

While several reviewers call this museum small, there are several rooms and plenty here to occupy a visitor for an hour or two. One large room with rocks and minerals, a black light room was cool, meteorites, information about the fossilization process; dinosaur bones were unexpected and enjoyed. Most information signs are older and could be updated, but I won't... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

25 years ago I came to this museum a lot, (I admit my dad was on the board 25 years ago) but I hadn't been in almost 20 years. It is a small but well organized museum focusing on Geology. They have some great fossils and dinosaur skeletons. I walked from State Street because parking is a challenge. Spent roughly... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I went on a Friday afternoon and found that nearby parking was challenge. I ended up parking several blocks away in a very inconvenient parking garage.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

This is a nice little museum, great for kids with an interest in rocks and dinosaurs. It's little but informative. Held our four year old's attention for the perfect amount of time while also keeping our 11 year old engaged. The only little negative experience we had was that we had to wait 20 minutes for someone to help us... More 

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