Schedule a Tour


***Due to Rutgers' closure for COVID-19, we are unable to book tours at this time. If you would like to request a tour for after April, please submit a request and we will respond once we are able to re-open for events.**


The Geology Museum provides free tours for K-12, university, and non-profit groups of all ages.** Guided tours include presentations on dinosaurs, geology, the Ice Age, and mummies, with special attention given to our New Jersey based exhibits. Each tour includes a 30 to 40 minute guided presentation, several hands-on educational activities, and a scavenger hunt of the exhibits. Additional activities can be added to the tours for a minimal fee. Tours can be scheduled during our normal business hours Tuesday through Friday and on the third Saturday of the month. Tours are only available on Fridays during the month of July and not available in August. All dates are subject to availability.

Prior registration is required a minimum of 2 weeks before the proposed tour date for groups of 10 (minimum number of people required to book) to 50 people. Please contact the museum about special arrangements for groups of more than 50 people.

** Effective March 1, 2017, any tours booked by a for-profit agency are subject to a $10 per person for every adult and $5 per person for every child fee. The free tours must be booked directly by a representative of the K-12, university, or non-profit group and not associated with a 3rd party receiving monetary or other benefits from the arrangement of the tour.

General Museum Tours

Join us as our tour guides walk you through some of our most popular exhibits in the museum. Tours will cover the following topics.

  • Dinosaurs and Paleontology
  • The Ice Age and the Mastodon
  • Egypt and Mummies

See below for a list of educational arts and crafts activities that can be added on to your tour.

Fossils and Dinosaurs

  • Making a stegosaurus hat
  • Creating your own fossil necklace
  • Constructing a dinosaur diorama
  • Fashioning your very own movable dinosaur
  • Use stamps to create your very own fossil footprint trackway

Ancient Egypt and Mummies

  • Making your own cartouche
  • Creating your own 3D pyramid
  • Decorating your own headband or cuffs with hieroglyphics
  • Constructing a 3D mummy
  • Coloring in your own sarcophagus

Gems and Minerals

  • Painting your own pet rock
  • Mineral Bingo
  • Create your own mineral playing cards


Boy Scout and Girl Scout Tours

Working on a merit badge? We can help. The Geology Museum offers tours to local scouting groups to help them complete the requirements for several different merit badges and activities. We also offer patch tours for both girl and boy scouts.

rutgers-geology-museum-cub-scout-tourPatch Tours

We are happy to announce the addition of two new STEM-themed patch programs to our tour line up!  These tours are aimed toward Girl and Boy Scout groups, but can be booked by any group of 10 or more.  Each 30 to 45 minute tour will guide the group through a different geology-related topic and each participant will go home with their own lesson kit!

Tours are appropriate for all K-12 age groups; activities will be tailored to the age of each group.  Click here to schedule your patch tour!



Amazing Minerals Tour

Participants will learn about the three rock types, how they are formed, and how geologists define minerals and their properties. Children will take home their own mineral identification kit. This tour fulfills the requirements for the Cub Scouts' Earth Rocks Badge

This tour costs $10 per participating child. Patches are optional and cost an additional $2 per child. 


Fossil Fun Tour Patch

Fossil Fun Tour

The Fossil Fun Tour will teach participants about the different types of fossils and how they are formed. Children will even be able to make their own fossil dig kit!

This tour costs $10 per participating child. Patches are optional and cost an additional $2 per child. 




Happy Birthday!


Looking for a fun and educational place to host your child's next birthday party? We now offer Gems & Minerals, Ancient Egypt & Mummies, Fossils & Dinosaurs and Paint Along themed birthday parties at the museum. Reservation packages for children age 5 and up can now be booked on our website.

Quick Links

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