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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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Fun medium sized museum for Rock Hounds

It is free and on Campus. Great display of rocks and geology. While we were leaving a professor stopped us to show us part of a stalagtite that he just picked up from a near by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Minneapolis,MN
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It is free and on Campus. Great display of rocks and geology. While we were leaving a professor stopped us to show us part of a stalagtite that he just picked up from a near by cave and told us alot about it and how they plan to research it to find out information. It was a one of a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a small museum but very informative. Many of the items are carved replicas, but some originals as well. The minerals were are beautiful and many colors displayed. There was even a small dark room to show the glowing rocks.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My grandkids love the huge globe at the entrance, the prehistoric animal bones, the fosforescent rocks, as well as the variety of rocks from around the world.

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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26 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This museum does a perfect job at packing about as many items in as they can without making things feel crowded. There are displays about meteorites that have been found in Wisconsin, a display case explaining the major differences between minerals and some prehistoric animal skeletons. The absolute best part is the room that shows which minerals display phosphorescence (or... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

A very well curated collection of minerals and fossils along with clear and even entertaining descriptions. A little something for everyone that won't take up too much of your time.

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Onset, MA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

free admission (donation encouraged) with taxonomic and chronological displays of rocks, gems, and minerals. Nice collection of fossils and a very reasonable gift display case.

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York, PA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This free museum, though small, is mighty. Stunning array of beautiful stones from all over. The fluorescent light room was such a treat! The fossils are incredibly beautiful and interesting. I was so completely pleasantly surprised. Whether you're into dinosaurs, gemstones, meteorites, or biology, this is a great place. Spent about an hour here and there was just so much... More 

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

University of Wisconsin runs this museum. Small but has all the key attractions that make it worth the visit. It has a small gift shop and if you are a new rock collector here is the place to obtain some really nice small pieces for your collection at reasonable prices. Would return.

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Brodhead, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I've taken school groups to the Geo museum for several years. For a small museum, it has a lot of nifty exhibits and artifacts. Kids will love seeing the unique minerals and, of course, the dinosaur and mammal bones.

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Green Bay, WI
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37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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