UW Geology Museum


Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin’s Geology Museum is always free and open Monday – Saturday. Try a self-guided tour and discover endless museum halls and exhibits, or join a guided tour designed just for you. Customize it for kids as young as five and adults of any age. This favorite museum is on the UW campus in Weeks Hall, 1215 W. Dayton Street, just two blocks from Camp Randall Stadium.

Museum Storytime is featured every first and third Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. It’s perfect for toddlers and features a book and museum specimen at each event, along with a craft to bring home. There are no reservations or admission fees required.

A Piece of History

Since its beginning, the Geology Museum has thrived as being a home to rare specimens key to geoscience research. There are around 120,000 paleontological and geological specimens on site, and “voucher pieces” earmarked for research from over 100 years of graduate students on campus. The museum is also the destination for National Park Service and federal land vertebrate fossils.

You’ll find fossils from Waukesha Lagerstatte, a local deposit known for soft-body organisms. Reptiles and dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation and Jurassic Morrison Formation are on display. Discover Paleogene mammals from South Dakota and reptiles and birds from the Cretaceous Niobrara Formation.

What will you unearth first?