The Museum of Geosciences is housed in the VT Department of Geosciences and located in 2062 Derring Hall.  Public hours are 8-5, M-F during the academic semester. 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 projects global datasets, such as weather and plate tectonics, on a sphere. It was upgraded in December 2017 so that it is brighter than before.

The exhibit room is only 2500 square feet, please limit group size to about 30 and reserve time in advance to avoid overcrowding. Floorplan [here].

For guided group and class visits please contact Sharon Collins at 540- 231-6894. Your visit will be arranged and led by our head interpreter, Sarah Windes, with Geosciences student volunteers.

The Museum will have restricted public hours during VT exam week and winter break Dec. 14-Jan 16. We are making a mess: doing exhibit maintenance and having the floors refinished. Please understand that we are not able to host visitors until mid-January 2018.

Upcoming Programs: the spring schedule will include youth programs, graduate student communicating science seminars, public lectures, alumni events, student exhibits, a teacher workshop, volunteer opportunities, and many school group visits. Please check back!

The live calendar below shows activities booked in the Museum: contact us to reserve.

Oct. 17, 2017, Tuesday, from 5:00-6:00 pm, in the Museum, 2062 Derring

How do plan a trip? What influences your choice of hotels or flights? In this month’s talk Jonilda Bahja, a PhD student in Hospitality and Tourism Management, will discuss how analyzing social media data from TripAdvisor, Expedia etc., can provide new insights about traveler behaviors. In the past, conventional research methods, such as surveys, interviews, and focus groups have been used to analyze traveler behaviors. Over the last decade, the growth and richness of social media data generated by users raised the interest of hospitality and tourism researchers analyzing large quantities of extracted online reviews and photos using a diversity of methods and computational tools, paving the way to a new research paradigm called “social media analytics.” This nontraditional and data-driven research approach draws novel insights and contributes to better understand traveler behaviors.