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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
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

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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Bones and Rocks

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 12, 2016
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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.

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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.

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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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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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