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

Events

Saturday Tour Day
28 Sep 2019 10:00AM - 01:00PM
Once a month, the Geology Museum offers guided tours to pre-arranged groups on the weekends. There...
Dinosaurs and Fossils Late Night
02 Oct 2019 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Take a step back in time to discover the different types of dinosaurs and other creatures that inhab...
Big Brook Fossil Hunting Field Trip
06 Oct 2019 11:00AM - 02:00PM
Join the Rutgers Geology Museum on a trip to Big Brook Park to find your own fossil shark teeth, she...
Saturday Tour Day
19 Oct 2019 10:00AM - 01:00PM
Once a month, the Geology Museum offers guided tours to pre-arranged groups on the weekends. There...

Upcoming Events

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