A book about seahorses is read to young visitors.

Tours

Guided Tours

The Geology Museum is a popular tour destination on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus. Tours are approximately one hour long and feature hundreds of rock and mineral specimens, a black light mineral display, many Wisconsin fossils, and dinosaur bones. Admission to the museum is free, but for our guided tours we have a fee of $3 per person.

We are currently scheduling guided tours for 2022, with some limitations. Until June 10, 2022 guided tours are available:

  • For middle school grades or older (Groups with younger students can schedule self-guided visits – see below)
  • To groups with 25 people or less
  • On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through the spring

*Please note that visitors must be masked at all times while in the building (mask covering mouth and nose)

If you are interested in scheduling a guided group tour, please email tours@geology.wisc.edu at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to visit.

Self-Guided Visits

The museum is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 and Saturdays from 9-1. If you are coming in a group of 10 or more we ask that you contact us in advance to schedule time to come explore the exhibits.  This allows us to try and avoid groups overlapping in the museum, improving everyone’s experience. Through June 10, 2022 we are scheduling groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week. This allows visitors who are hoping to avoid large groups to plan their visit for Mondays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Due to guide shortages, at this time we are only scheduling self-guided visits for elementary-aged groups. We are actively recruiting and training guides and may be able to convert self-guided visits into guided tours depending on how quickly we can get new guides ready. We currently have a group size limit of 50 people for our self-guided visits and ask that you have enough chaperones to be able to split into groups of ~10 people.

To focus and enhance your visit, we will have scavenger hunt sheets, self-guided tour booklets, clipboards, and pencils available for students to use.

*Please note that visitors must be masked at all times while in the building (mask covering mouth and nose)

If you are interested in scheduling a self-guided visit, please email tours@geology.wisc.edu at least two weeks in advance of when you would like to come.


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The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a campus-wide mask mandate in effect until March 1, 2022. This mandate requires all individuals age 2+, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, to wear an acceptable face covering that is properly fitted to cover the wearer’s nose and mouth, at all times when present in UW-Madison indoor public spaces. You can read the full order here.

Accommodations to this mandate are granted by express written permission of the University as determined on an individualized basis, considering reasonable accommodations due to a documented medical condition. If someone in your group needs to request a disability accommodation, please notify Brooke Norsted at brooke@geology.wisc.edu at least two weeks in advance of your visit.