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

Darwin Late Night at the Museum
05 Feb 2020 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Visit us on Wednesday, February 5th, and learn about the evolution of our ancestors and how species ...
Saturday Tour Day
15 Feb 2020 10:00AM - 01:00PM
Once a month, the Geology Museum offers guided tours to pre-arranged groups on the weekends. There...
Climate Change Late Night at the Museum
04 Mar 2020 04:00PM - 08:00PM
Stop by on Wednesday, March 4th for our Climate Change Late Night. Whether we like it or not, the Ea...
CLOSED for Private Event
13 Mar 2020

The Museum will be closed on Friday, March 13th for a private event.

Upcoming Events

Click on the link below to download a flyer with a list of our upcoming 2020 Events.