Museum of Geosciences

Visit the Museum

Omni Globe

The Museum of Geosciences is housed in the VT Department of Geosciences and located in 2062 Derring Hall.  Exhibits include the OmniGlobe, gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, and a full-scale cast of an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton.  The minerals and fossils on display include many specimens from Virginia and famous localities worldwide. The OmniGlobe can project global datasets, such as weather and plate tectonics, on a sphere.  

Public hours are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday during spring and fall academic semesters. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Please see the Visiting page for reservations, tour leaders, parking, or more information. 

For urgent access please contact us.
Regular Hours Resume Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

Events are free and take place in the Museum of Geosciences, 2062 Derring Hall, unless noted otherwise. No parking permit needed after 5:00 or on weekends. Handicap spaces located adjacent to the building.

Smile! Notice of Public Image Capture
We may take pictures and/or video during Museum Events and Pubic Hours for record-keeping and promotional purposes. These images are helpful in supporting the Museum and could appear in publications, exhibits, reports, and advertising; on our websites; or through our social media accounts. They may also be circulated through wider University channels.
Please let the photographer know if you do not want to be included.
For information please contact Steven Mackay, College of Science Communications Director,

Upcoming Events in Spring 2020 include:

Not held at Museum, but on campus. Saturday, January 25, 2020

Events like the Science Olympiad are a good way for interested high school students to learn more about Virginia Tech Geosciences. Paleo grad student Morrison Nolan has been a regional leader for high quality geoscience activities. 

Kids Tech University (KTU)
February, March, April dates on Saturdays.

Kids Tech University hosts 450 kids and their families for a day of college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) awareness. They attend a lecture, get information about academics, have lunch in a dining hall, and then spend the afternoon visiting a wide range of learning stations--including Geosciences!-- staffed by VT students with fun hands-on activities. Use the title link above to register.

Hokies Like Us
February, March, April dates on Mondays and Fridays.

K2C brings over 1100 5th graders and 200 teachers from all over Virginia to campus to explore college and encourage learning. They visit activities in small groups of 10-20. The Museum of Geosciences is always a favorite because of our enthusiastic Geosciences student hosts.