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 8-5, M-F during spring and fall academic semesters. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Please see the Visiting page for reservations, tour leaders, or more information.


Upcoming Programsthe fall schedule includes youth programs, graduate student communicating science seminars, public lectures, alumni events, student exhibits, and Earth Science Week events.

Fossil Unwrapping Party
Wednesday, September 26, 2018. 6:30-8:00.
A fall tradition with Dr. Nesbitt and Dr. Stocker--hear about their summer field season then help unpack some of the fossils the team collected! We will start with a brief presentation at 6:30 in Room 360, New Classroom Building (NCB). Then at about 7:15 we will go to the building next door to unwrap the fossils in the Museum, 2062 Derring.

GeoFair and Mineral Sale: Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 from 10:00-4:00 at the Museum during Fall Family Weekend.

Breaking up the African Continent Along the East African Rift System.  Dr. Sarah Stamps, VT Geosciences. Museum Public Lecture.
Thursday, October 18, 2018. Public Lecture 7:00-8:00 in 4069. Reception 6:00-7:00 in the Museum.
The African continent is slowly breaking up on its eastern side along the East African Rift System. In millions of years we expect to have a new ocean forming, which is already partly underway in Ethiopia. This talk will provide an overview of several projects that address the topics of why and how Africa is breaking up.