• Annual Open House
  • Black & White image of museum floor
  • Thank you to all who attended this year's Annual Open House, celebrating the Geology Museum's 150th Anniversary!

54th (Virtual) Annual Open House

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022
Time: 10:00AM to 3:30PM EST

Event Schedule

Guest Lectures: 10:00 to 3:30 PM EST, held on Zoom

Mineral Sale: 10:00AM to 8:00PM EST, held on Facebook

Children’s Activities: 10:30 AM and 11:30AM EST, held on Zoom

*Details about each event can be found below.*

2022 Open House Flyer

Check out a special publication written about the history of the Rutgers Geology Museum! 

Mineral Sale

  • The online Fossil & Mineral sale will run from 10:00am to 8:00pm EST on our Facebook page.
    • The sale will be held auction-style, and you must have a Facebook Account to place a bid.
  • NJ sales tax will be charged on all sales.
  • Payments will be taken online. Winning bidders will receive details and must complete payment by Monday, 1/31 @ 8PM EST.
  • Items purchased must be picked up at the Museum during one of the below times.
    • Friday, February 4th, 1PM-4PM
    • Saturday, February 5th, 11AM-2PM

Lecture SeriesDrawing of a Mastodon or Woolly Mammoth

All lectures will be held on Zoom, as well as Live-Streamed to Facebook.

  • 10:00 AM: Curating a Culture of Curiosity: Strategies for Managing a Natural History Collection in the Deep South
    • Presented by Amy Moe-Hoffman, Instructor of Geology at Mississippi State University and Curator at the Dunn-Seiler Museum
    • Presentation Recording
  • 11:30 AM: Nineteenth Century Geology and the Creation of America’s First Geology Museum
  • 1:00 PM: Why Mary Anning Rocks
  • 2:30 PM: A Scientific and Architectural History of the Geology Museum
    • Presented by Dr. Carla Yanni, Professor of Art History at Rutgers & Carol McCarty, Independent Researcher in the Rutgers History Department
    • Presentation Recording

Children's Activities

All childrens' activities will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is not required.
Check out our new Geology Museum Coloring Sheets! Feel free to print these and color them during the activity sessions!


10:30-11:30 AM EST: Paper Plate Spider Crabs

11:30 AM-12:30 PM EST: Mummy Madness!


  • Paper Plate Spider CrabsSpidercrab Image
    • In order to participate, you will need to bring a few items with you to this virtual activity session.
      • A paper or styrofoam bowl/plate (body)
      • Construction paper or pipe cleaners (legs & claws)
      • Paint/markers (color pattern)
      • Googly eyes (optional)
      • Scissors
      • Glue or scotch tape
  • Mummy Madness!Mummy Craft Photo
    • In order to participate, you will need to bring a few items with you to this activity session.
      • Printed copy of the Mummy Template
        • If you do not have a printer, you can use white construction paper instead
      • White tissue paper or toilet paper
      • Scissors
      • Glue or Scotch Tape