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Support the Museum

The museum's most valuable resource is you! Without the support of our visitors, members and volunteers, the museum would not be able to continue its mission.

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There are many ways to give to the Rutgers Geology Museum, with many benefits and privileges available to you in thanks for your generosity. We thank our members and donors for their ongoing loyalty and enthusiasm, and look forward to working with and making new friends as we continue to expand our reach and make a lasting impression.

Check out the many ways you can help support the Rutgers Geology Museum.

The Historic Giant Spider Crab Has Been Restored

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The giant spider crab was gifted to Rutgers College by the Japanese government during the late 19th century. This gift was extended during a period of cultural and educational exchange. Unfortunately, the giant spider crab exhibit was taken down during the early 1980s when visitors began breaking off pieces as souvenirs. After a 3-year restoration project funded by donations from the Friends of the Geology Museum, the giant spider crab was returned its original location in the spring of 2015.

We are very grateful to all the members who contributed funds to this project and invite everyone to come visit the museum to take a peek at this colossal crustacean. Read all about the return of this historic specimen in this Rutgers Today article.

Current Projects

The museum staff is constantly working on new concepts and exhibit designs to intrigue and educate our visitors, but we need your support. Make a donation to our general exhibit renovation fund or select a specific project.

Active Earth Monitor

The Geology Museum will work with the Incorporated Research Institute for Seismology (IRIS) to create an interactive touch screen exhibit. This Active Earth Monitor exhibit will illustrate the dynamic nature of the Earth and let visitors learn about and explore earthquakes from around the world in real time. Donations would go towards the purchase of the computer equipment, kiosk, and installation of this exhibit.

Restoration of Historic Antlers

Historic photographs show several sets of antlers mounted within the museum. All have been taken down in recent years but the museum retains possession of the giant moose and elk antlers that once adorned the walls. Similar to the giant spider crab restoration project, we would like to return these historic objects to their former locations. Donations would support the restoration and stabilization of these specimens in order to permanently return them to the walls of the museum.

To find out more information about specific projects or for more information about supporting the museum, please contact museum director, Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo, through the our website.

Schedule a Tour

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Looking for a field trip for your school or an outing for your group? How about a guided tour of the Rutgers Geology Museum? Tours can be book through out the year for any group of 10 or more people. Visit our tour information page for more details.

Quick Links

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Contact Us

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Geology Hall, 2nd Floor
85 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
P: (848) 932-7243
F: (732) 932-1789
museum@rci.rutgers.edu