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Fryxell Geology Museum

One of the largest and finest collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in the Midwest.

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Dr. William Hammer
Visitors are greeted by a 22-foot-long skeleton of a Cryolophosaurus, a large carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica in 1991 by Dr. William Hammer.

The museum will be closed for Thanksgiving break Nov. 23-Nov. 27, 2022. The museum will reopen at 8 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2022.

The annual Season of Light planetarium show and special museum open hours will be offered Dec. 10-16. Programs are weekdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. The program is not recommended for children ages 7 and under.

Regular hours: The museum welcomes visitors from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday,  and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session.

School group tours are now available. Please email Susan Wolf for information.

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The collection

The museum is named after Dr. Fritiof Fryxell, professor of geology from 1929-1973. It began in the late 1880s with a modest natural history collection. Today, the collection holds over 20,000 rock, mineral and fossil specimens, with 1,500 on display.

Highlights include a wall of glowing, fluorescent rocks, a cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, and a complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica.

Hours

The museum will be closed for Thanksgiving break Nov. 23-Nov. 27, 2022. The museum will reopen at 8 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2022.

The museum will be open for visitors from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12-16 in conjunction with the Seasons of Light planetarium show.

Regular hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session.

Location

The museum is housed in the Swenson Hall of Geosciences, adjacent to Founder's Hall and Ascension Chapel.

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