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The 55th Annual Rutgers University Geology Museum Open House will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2023 between 9 am and 3 pm. Join us for a day of geologic coring-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 Geologic Coring-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 cards, checks, and cash are 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: "Ancient Bubbles Tell Future Climate Stories"
Dr. John Higgins, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: "What Can We Learn About Earth's Past, Present, and Future from Rock & Sediment Cores from NJ"
Dr. Sean Kinney, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia University & Visiting Research Scientist at Rutgers University

2 pm to 3 pm: "Getting Wet & Muddy: Going to Sea to Core for Climate Records"
Dr. Liz Sikes, Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University


Kids Activities

All kids activities are free and no pre-registration is required.
Activities will run in 3 sessions: 10:30-11:30AM, 12:30-1:30PM, and 1:30-2:30PM.

  • Room 103- Emoji Cores
  • Room 104- Exploring Microfossils in Cores
  • Room 105- Coring the Layers Beneath our Feet

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.

Rock and Mineral Identification

Image of mineral specimen.Friends of Mineralogy: NJ Chapter will be running a rock and mineral identification station in Scott Hall Room 106 between 11 am and 2 pm. 




 Schanck ObservatoryHistoric Schanck Observatory Tours

Registration is required and tours are limited to 10 participants. If you have a large group (8-10 people), please inquire about possible alternate arrangements.

Participants must be at least 9 years old and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This program involves walking up a steep and narrow staircase. Please read this document for more information and requirements for this tour.

Register here for a tour!

*Note - after clicking "sign up" on your selected time slot, you may have to click the "Got It" button on the Privacy policy at the bottom of the page in order to finish registering.*

If you are no longer able to attend, please de-register using the same form so that others may participate.