2018 Open House Schedule


The 50th Annual Rutgers University Geology Museum Open House will take place on Saturday January 27, 2018 between 9 am and 3 pm. All events will be held in Scott Hall and the Rutgers Geology Museum located on the College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick, NJ. For information on parking, locations, etc. please check out the Open House information page.



Mineral Sale

  • 9 am to 3 pm, Scott Hall Room 135
  • Credit card, checks and cash now accepted!
  • 6.625% NJ sales tax will be applied to all purchases. Customers must provide proof of tax exempt status for the tax to be waived.

Lecture Series

All lectures will be held in Scott Hall Room 123.

10 am to 11 am: "New Jersey Fisheries in a Global Context"
Dr. Olaf Jensen, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: "Empire of the Apes: the recent discovery of an ape and human ancestor in Africa"
Dr. Isaiah Nengo, Turkana Basin Institute and Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University

2 pm to 3 pm: "The Appalachians and How They Got That Way: Structure and Dynamics of Eastern North America"
Dr. Maureen Long, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University

Kids Activities

All kids activities are free and no pre-registration is required.

10:30 am to 11:30 am

  • Room 204- Tracking Skulls
  • Room 203- Mapping Our World
  • Room 202- Tag-A-Fish

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Room 204- Tracking Skulls
  • Room 203- Mapping Our World
  • Room 202- Tag-A-Fish

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

  • Room 204- Tracking Skulls
  • Room 203- Mapping Our World
  • Room 202- Tag-A-Fish

Make-and-Take Activities and Guest Appearances

All make-and-take arts and crafts activities and guest appearance will be held in the Geology Museum between 11 am and 2:30 pm.

We welcome the following organizations who will be hosting activity tables this year.

Rock and Mineral Identification

Rock and mineral identification will be held in Scott Hall Room 205 between 11 am and 2 pm. 

Guided Tours of the Historic Schanck Observatory

Guided tours of the observatory will be given throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made in advance.
See the Observatory Tours Flyer for tour times and additional information.
All tour slots are now filled.



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