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University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

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Address: 1215 W Dayton St, Weeks Hall, Madison, WI 53706-1600
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+1 608-262-2399
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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Fun, short time activity time for young students

This museum is good for young students (K-3rd grade) to spend no more than an hour. Don't expect to spend too long there or kids will get bored, The day we went was free... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is good for young students (K-3rd grade) to spend no more than an hour. Don't expect to spend too long there or kids will get bored, The day we went was free. Highlight was the dinosaur room at the end, although the others areas can grab their attention. Couple it with a trip to Union South for Babcock... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Can't beat an educational visit with a kid for free. Lots of fun stuff to see and spark your kid's imagination.

Thank coricop
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

The Museum like many places are NOT open on Sunday. I was really hoping to be able to see some of the places after my conference ended Saturday afternoon.

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Brooke N, Assistant Director at University of Wisconsin Geology Museum, responded to this review

Sorry we weren't open when you wanted to come visit - hopefully you'll get the opportunity to come back! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

A small, but fun place to visit. It has an excellent collection that includes many fossils, rocks and minerals. Worth a visit.

Thank Terry K
Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

This geology museum is loaded with artifacts and information. It is a very small museum but bear in mind that it is part of the university and for that it gets the thumbs up. The layout makes it easy to navigate. It's an interesting stop for kids and teens. Cool stuff. There is no admission fee but you can leave... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

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.

1 Thank bdimz
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Judith E
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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