Erupting Volcano Image

The 52nd Annual Rutgers University Geology Museum Open House will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 between 9 am and 3 pm. Join us for a day of natural disaster-themed activities! 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.


Join us for a day of Natural Disaster-Themed Activities!

**Parking: Please register your vehicle here to ensure that you do not receive a parking citation.**

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.
  • **Early admission is available with Emerald and Diamond Level Museum Membership!

Lecture Series

All lectures will be held in Scott Hall Room 123.

10 am to 11 am: "How the 1849 Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Enabled us to Divine our Seismic Future"
Presented with Demonstrations
Dr. Ross Stein, Temblor Inc.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: "Science in the Public Eye - How a Study of the Physical Properties in the Earth becomes a Threat of Volcanic Catastrophe"
Dr. Vadim Levin, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University

2 pm to 3 pm: "After Disaster Strikes - Economic Impacts from Natural Disasters and How Modeling Technology Helps Institutions Prepare"
Megan Arnold, Risk Management Solutions


Kids Activities

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

10:30 am to 11:30 am

  • Room 103- Hurricanes and their AftermathHurricane Photo
  • Room 104- Volcanoes
  • Room 105- Earthquakes

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

  • Room 103- Hurricanes and their Aftermath
  • Room 104- Volcanoes
  • Room 105- Earthquakes

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

  • Room 103- Hurricanes and their Aftermath
  • Room 104- Volcanoes
  • Room 105- Earthquakes

Make-and-Take Activities and Guest Appearances

All arts & crafts stations and guest appearances 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

Friends of Mineralogy: NJ Chapter will be running a rock and mineral identification station in Scott Hall Room 116 between 11 am and 2 pm. 

Guided Tours of the Historic Schanck Observatory

Schanck Observatory Photo


Guided tours of the observatory will be given throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis.
See the Observatory Tours Flyer for tour times and additional information.
Reservations must be made in advance. 
** All tours are now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please click here. **