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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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Nice Little Museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW 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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Bangalore
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17 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

University of Wisconsin Geology Museum is an excellent place to visit and know about the details of Geological interest. A great place I have ever visited.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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118 reviews 118 reviews
23 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Awesome little museum for both big and little rockhounds. The blacklight room is really neat and they have a big room of dinosaur and wooly mammoth skeletons. Beautiful mineral specimens and fossils. Well worth a stop. For little rockhounds don't forget to check out the "spoil" pile (all the reject rocks from the researchers) out in the parking lot behind... More 

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Minneapolis,MN
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72 reviews 72 reviews
42 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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