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Fryxell Geology Museum

Earth's history as told by its rocks, minerals and fossils!

The museum, named after Dr. Fritiof Fryxell, has become one of the largest and finest collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in the Midwest. Begun in the late 1880s with a modest natural history collection, the museum now boasts over 1,500 rock, mineral, and fossil specimens. For a snapshot of the museum take this virtual tour.

On display are a complete skeleton of a Platecarpus "sea serpent", skulls of Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex and a 2-billion-year-old fossil!

Of particular interest is a state-of-the-art fluorescent mineral display and an exhibit of the complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica in 1991 by Augustana paleontologist Dr. William Hammer.

The Fryxell Geology Museum gratefully thanks the Lasco Family for their generous gift!
Stop in to see a recent donation of a rare amphibian fossil from the famous Mazon Creek area.
Discovered and donated by the family of Zada Adell and Leonard A. Lasco, the fine specimen shows nice preservation of the skull, body and limb material.

Newly on display, is a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia on February 15, 2013.

The museum is open to the public and free-of-charge. We also offer free school fieldtrip programs and geology discovery kits.

Questions about meteorites? Click here for information.

Available in the College bookstore: the posthumous publication of Dr. Fryxell's book Ferdinand Hayden: A Young Scientist in the Great West 1853-1855, a stirring narrative that chronicles Hayden's scientific expeditions before he advocated the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872.

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Hours and location

Admission is free.

The Fryxell Geology Museum is located in the Swenson Hall of Geosciences (near the Admissions Office). Use the 38th Street campus entrance. Click here for directions and a campus map (The museum and building are listed as 39 and 89 on the campus map.)

The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the academic school year. The museum will be closed for Augustana's Fall Break from Saturday, Nov.7-Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.

Free school field trips generally are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday during the academic year.

For specific times and dates to schedule field trips, please call (309) 794-7318 in advance.

Please Join Us for the Planetarium and Fryxell Geology Museum Holiday Program
Sat. and Sun., Dec. 12-13 at 2pm
and Mon.-Fri., Dec. 14-18 at 7pm

Augustana's John Deere Planetarium will show "Season of Light", a multimedia planetarium show that uses the sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration to tell the story of how our holiday traditions are connected to the sky above. Admission is free, but reservations are requested and the program is not recommended for children under the age of seven. Call 309-794-7318.  In addition, Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum, adjacent to the planetarium, will be open. Click HERE for more details.