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Annual Open House

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Since 1968, the Rutgers Geology Museum has hosted an annual Open House and Mineral sale every January. The mineral sale is one of the largest in New Jersey, and has continued to draw hundreds of visitors every year.

When and Where

Held every year on the last Saturday in January. Events take place between 9 am and 3 pm in the Geology Museum and Scott Hall on the College Avenue Campus. Check the following links for the address and directions.

2017 Annual Open House

The 2017 Rutgers Geology Museum Open House will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Mineral Sale

Each year the Rutgers Geology Museum sponsors a gem, mineral and fossil show at the Annual Open House. Visitors can browse our selection for rare and beautiful rocks, minerals and fossils from New Jersey and around the world.

Doors open at 9 am and payment can be made by cash, check and credit card.

All purchases will be charged 7% NJ sales tax unless they can show proof of tax exempt status.

Lectures

The Rutgers Geology Museum welcomes 4 distinguished professors and scientists from around the world to discuss the latest discoveries and advances in the fields of geology, paleontology, anthropology, astronomy and more. Talks are designed for the general public and there is sure to be something to interest everyone. Check the official Open House flyer for the times and listings

Kids Lectures

The Rutgers Geology Museum will also offer our littlest visitors an opportunity to learn about the latest discovers in science. Kids age 8+ can join the museum staff as they lead them through various earth science based hands-on activities. No registration is required but we suggest you come early as spots fill up fast. Check the official Open House flyer for the times and listings.

Arts and Crafts Activities

Several geology, anthropology and natural history themed make-and-take activities will be set up around the museum on Open House day. Visitors of all ages can partake in these free activities. Check the official Open House flyer for the times and listings.

Explore the Exhibits

The museum will be open for the entire length of the Open House and as always there is no admission fee. Visitors are free to peruse the exhibits, conduct a scavenger hunt or participate in one of the many activities that will be set up inside the museum. Check the official Open House flyer for the times and listings.

Mineral and Fossil Identification

If you have any minerals or fossils laying around that you aren't sure how classify, this is your chance to have a geologist take a look! Just bring the specimen to the Open House and we'll see how we can help. Mineral and fossil identification is held in Scott Hall.

Volunteering

Each year dozens of volunteers help make this event a success. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please fill out our Volunteer Application indicating the dates, times and activities you could assist with.

Registration

All Open House events are free and open to all ages. No prior registration is required for any of the events.

Captioning Services

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) captioning services will be provided for all of the lectures at the Open House. This service provides instantaneous translation of the spoken language into text and projects the text onto a screen for our audience. If you required assistance beyond the capabilities of the CART service, please contact the museum staff prior to the day of the Open House.

Dining

Coffee, tea, soda and light snacks will be available for purchase at the Open House. Lunch and other dining services will not be available at this event. Visitors can visit the Rutgers Student Center up the street from the Open House events to purchase lunch or walk over to Easton Avenue where a variety of restaurants are located.

Parking

Special arrangements are made so that Open House Visitors can park at any of the Rutgers parking lots that are nearby Scott Hall and the Geology Museum. Additional parking is also available in the metered spots on the local roads and in the parking decks in downtown New Brunswick labeled "P". Both of these options require payment to be made. The city will ticket on Saturday at the meters. Please see the following map for more details.

Past Open House Events

Events

Biodiversity Late Night
01 Mar 2017 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Visit us on Wednesday, March 1st for our monthly late night event. This event will focus on the ev...
Saturday Tour Day
25 Mar 2017 10:00AM - 04:00PM
Once a month the Geology Museum offers guided tours to pre-arranged groups on the weekends. There ...
Earthquakes and Volcanoes Late Night at the Museum
05 Apr 2017 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Visit us on Wednesday, April 5th for our monthly late night event. Come explore some of the most e...
The Geology and Ecology of the Raritan River
08 Apr 2017 11:00AM - 02:00PM
The Rutgers Geology Museum hosts a number of field trips throughout the year, where participants a...

Upcoming Events

Click on the link below to download a flyer with a list of our upcoming events during the spring of 2016.

Contact Us

 mastedon-head-graphic Rutgers University Geology Museum
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