Museum of Geosciences

Visit the Museum

Students with the 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. 

EVENTS

Paleo Open House
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7:00-8:30pm
Lecture in 4069 Derring at 7:00 followed by activities in the Museum, 2062 Derring.
Join our Paleontology faculty and their students on National Fossil Day. This is a chance for the public to learn about exciting field work, see new discoveries, tour the preparation lab, help process fossils, and talk with the scientists.

We will meet first in the lecture hall, 4069 Derring, for a brief presentation about these discoveries, then move to the Museum and lab rooms for hands-on, citizen science opportunities. Free. All are welcome!

Earth Science Week “Geoscience is for Everyone” is October 13-19, 2019. 

VT Science Festival
Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 10:00-4:00 at the Moss Arts Center.
Several Geosciences groups will participate including the VT Geology Club and the Museum of Geosciences station: Come explore creations that took millions of years to be cultivated into the captivating spectacles they are today. Stunning minerals like pyrite, amethyst, and quartz will be on display for the public to admire, with a mineral identification activity available for all to participate in.