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University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

Closed Now: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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small but interesting museum of fossils and minerals

a nice display of fossils and minerals from around the world. Also represented are dinosaur... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Rockford, Illinois
Great place to take the kids

I have been taking my kids to explore the downtown area for years. We stop here regularly. It... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2018
Madison, Wisconsin
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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...more
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1215 W Dayton St, Weeks Hall, Madison, WI 53706-1600
+1 608-262-2399
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a nice display of fossils and minerals from around the world. Also represented are dinosaur skeletons and prehistoric mammal skeletons. Anyone interested in the natural history of this planet should enjoy spending an hour or two in this well displayed museum.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018

I have been taking my kids to explore the downtown area for years. We stop here regularly. It isn't a very big place and doesn't take long to explore, but I still love to stop there. Free, and generally parking on the same block. Kids...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

There are astonishing displays of ancient animals and rocks. One of my complaints is they, describing the origin of an amber specimen, spelled Colombia wrong. Fix it!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank billfeeny
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Visited the museum as a rainy day alternative and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the exhibits both in terms of diversity and educationally. A nice way to spend an hour or two and enriching your knowledge of such things.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

My small kids LOVED the dinosaur exhibit. And the history and fossils were so amazing. They did such a nice job with this. Please go if you can - it is FREE - and you won't regret it. Great history and education. Well done Madison!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

There is something for everyone in this relatively small but information-packed museum. With exhibits covering every aspect of Earth science - from minerals and rocks to the geology of Wisconsin to dinosaur bones - tourists and locals alike will find much to discover about the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

My family visits a lot of natural history museums, and this was a quaint addition to our list. They have some nice specimens of rock and minerals, and the black light room was very popular with my kids. There was a nice grad student working...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jan G
Reviewed July 10, 2018

The museum is pretty easy to find. While parking can be tough at times, on a Saturday morning in the summer there is plenty of free parking within a couple of blocks. The museum is well laid out and very informative. It is ~40% rocks...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed May 19, 2018

Free attraction, good for kids, very knowledgeable tour guides. Parking is huge hassle. Learned a lot though.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank shutupbackthere
Reviewed May 2, 2018

Everyone in the family enjoyed this stop. Who doesn't like to look at dinasour bones. There was actually an area where you could walked into the lab and see people working on fossils. It was free, but donations are always accepted.

Date of experience: May 2018
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