Fossil and Mineral Identification


Bring your mystery rocks, minerals, fossils, shells and artifacts to the Rutgers Geology Museum for identification. Geologists will attempt to identify your discoveries and give you insight into the origin of your specimen.

What will you discover?

Items identified at previous events include a walrus skull, Mosasaur teeth, turtle scutes, and Native American arrowheads and spear points! Identification is free, however NO appraisals will be given and gemstones will not be identified.

Identification Dates

Mineral and fossil identification is offered at our Annual Open House and at all of our Late Night at the Museum events. Check out the following links for a list of dates and times.

Before you bring your specimens in, here are a few tips that will help geologists with the identification:

  1. Bring as much information on your specimens as possible. If it belongs to a friend or family member, try to get the information from them prior to your visit. Information on its place of origin and how it was found are especially important.
  2. Please do not bring any hazardous materials to the museum.
  3. Extremely large or heavy objects should not be brought to the museum. Please contact the museum staff ahead of time if this applies to you.
  4. In some cases, a list of the object’s properties (weight, dimensions, magnetic properties, etc.) can help us to identify it.


Saturday Tour Day
24 Mar 2018 10:00AM - 02:00PM
Darwin Late Night
04 Apr 2018 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Join us for our Darwin Late Night where we will explore the evolution of our ancestors and you will ...
Saturday Tour Day
21 Apr 2018 10:00AM - 02:00PM
Ocean Exploration Late Night
02 May 2018 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Visit us for our Ocean Exploration Late Night and learn all about how scientists discover the secret...

Upcoming Events

Click on the link below to download a flyer with a list of our upcoming events during the spring of 2018.