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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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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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Great for a quick stop

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Judith E
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank rebeccahA8533ZW
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank jdouglas1
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

It's really small, but well done and free! My 4 year old enjoyed the glowing rocks and large dinosaur and mastodon fossils most. His attention span lasted 20 or 30 minutes. Grown visitors could spend about an hour following the printed guidebook. Nice place if you are in the area, but not worth a special trip for most people (I... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

An unbelievable collection of rocks, huge prehistoric animals and the ability to walk through a section of a glacier. Really well done for young and old . A must see for kids of all ages and it is small so very easy to see everything!

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