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Fossil and Mineral Identification

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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. 4. In some cases, a list of the object’s properties (weight, dimensions, magnetic properties, etc.) can help us to identify it.

Events

Raritan River field trip
16 Sep 2017 11:00AM - 02:00PM
The Geology and Ecology of the Raritan River
16 Sep 2017 11:00AM - 02:00PM
The Rutgers Geology Museum hosts a number of field trips throughout the year, where participants a...
Fossils and Dinosaurs Late Night
04 Oct 2017 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Visit us on Wednesday, October 4th, and take a step back in time to discover the different types o...
Astronomy Late Night
01 Nov 2017 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Visit us on Wednesday, November 1st, as we learn about the mysteries beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Ex...

Upcoming Events

Click on the link below to download a flyer with a list of our upcoming events during the spring of 2017.

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