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University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

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Address: 1215 W Dayton St, Weeks Hall, Madison, WI 53706-1600
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
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Explore the Geology Museum and take a peek into Wisconsin's deep history!On...

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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What a great accidental find!

We were at the university for an event and happened upon this small, but amazing place. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the many varied specimens of rocks and skeletons and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
brenda w
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were at the university for an event and happened upon this small, but amazing place. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at the many varied specimens of rocks and skeletons and really enjoyed the room that exhibits the "glow in the dark" specimens too. Ti make it even better, it was free! You can make a donation, but there is no... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoy this little Madison gem. I still marvel at the natural treasures that fill up this small museum. I have been visiting since I was a kid and still it manages to amaze! Who doesn't love dinosaurs?

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1 Thank spike706
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've visited a couple times with our young kids. The museum is free - definitely a perk - but also kid-friendly. Lots of rocks and bones/skeletons/etc.

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1 Thank bdimz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This museum is small and caters to groups of school children. The tour guides are good with the kids. The adults can spend about 30 minutes there. It is well advertised, but don't make a special trip. Parking is a hassle.

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Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We stopped by this museum while in Madison because our daughter loves rocks. We loved the variety of specimens, the dinosaur bones and displays. We even saw geologists in action through a viewing window. It was a great place to stop!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

You must go here! Free and fun on the UW campus. My daughter is 4 and loves this place. Go! You will not regret it.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

free fun educational viewing of dinosaurs , meteorite, rocks and fossils people of all ages enjoy this site. it is something to see the history of the earth

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

This is a very little known fabulous museum in Madison. Anyone from kids to adults can learn something new. Dinosaur fossils! Early earth history. A whole rainbow of rocks and stones. Only drawback is the hours are a bit limited.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This is a little museum, you can get through it in less than an hour, but its very interesting, short enough to hold a small child's attention for the duration, yet interesting enough to hold a grownup's attention for the duration too. Not obvious to find, but worth a visit. My 7 year old loved it, I found it interesting... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The geology museum is a hidden gem on the UW campus. It is small but packed with a wide array of stones and fossils. Unless there is a class visit from an elementary school, the place is typically empty.

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