One of the best free things to do in Madison, the University of Wisconsin Geology Museum can turn out to be a delightful visit for both kids and adults. It’s a small property of the university campus yet packed with displays. With an objective of reaching out to the public, this museum is credited with the “second highest attendance of any museum at the University of Wisconsin–Madison”. Sprawling across an area of 3,000 square feet, the museum accommodates 1,000 items. Of these items, the highlights are fossils, rocks, biosignatures exhibit and the extraterrestrial exhibits.
How to Reach University Of Wisconsin Geology Museum
- W Dayton & N Orchard (EB) Bus Station
- N Mills & Spring (SB) Bus Station
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University Of Wisconsin Geology Museum Reviews & Ratings
Wow what a hidden treasure. This is a small museum. It is amazing though. There is great rocks. There is a wide variety. Go outside and use the map to figure out where rocks are located in an outdoor little, peaceful area. Best: free! Bring cash if you want to buy a small rock souvenir.
Very cool little museum on campus! Donation based. Really cool stuff, lots of fossils. Took our time going thru and took about an hour. Had a 7 year old with us and they had a great time too.
It's free and has a lot packed into a small space. Pretty rock specimens, window into a lab, a demo on florescent rocks, tiny walk- through cave and a bun ch of fossils!!! A great way to pass an hour - or half an hour if your kids can't read and run ahead to gawk at a t-rex skull.
Great little museum, free to walk through too! While it doesn't change drastically between visits, it's very nice for a drop in walk through. We have been several times.
This small museum on the second floor of the geology building (a couple blocks from Camp Randall Stadium) provides a fascinating look at the rocks underneath your feet. It starts with a small exhibit on meteors and meteorites - including video of the 2010 meteor that exploded over southern Wisconsin and several examples of meteorites from that strike as well as a general discussion of the various types of meteors with again examples of the resulting meteorites from around the world. Next is an extensive display of minerals including many beautiful crystals, colors, etc. - indeed the example of pyrite "suns" naturally grown in a slab of black slate looks more like modern art than a natural specimen. Visitors are next led into a room equipped with a black light to show a wall full of examples minerals that glow in UV light - very 1960s. This room leads to another small room modeled after a cave to illustrate the difference between stalactites and stalagmites.