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Visiting the Fryxell Geology Museum

Visitors to the Fryxell Geology Museum will see a complete skeleton of a Platecarpus "sea serpent," skulls of Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex.

Also on exhibit is the complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica in 1991 by Augustana paleontologist and museum director Dr. William Hammer. He has collected items at digs in the Badlands of Nebraska and during his trips to Antarctica.

New on view

The family of Zada Adell and Leonard A. Lasco donated a rare amphibian fossil from the famous Mazon Creek area. This fine specimen shows nice preservation of the skull, body and limb material.

Also newly on display is a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded over Russia on Feb. 15, 2013.

Spring open house April 21

Join us for an evening of fossil exploration, star gazing and planet viewing from 8:30-10 in the evening on Saturday, April 21.

The Fryxell Geology Museum and John Deere Planetarium will be open for free indoor and outdoor programs, including a planetarium show about the wonders of the night sky, and views of Venus and the mountains and craters of the moon through Augustana's Carl Gamble Observatory telescopes.

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Hours and location

Admission is free. 

The museum will be closed March 30-April 2 for Easter break.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session. Closed in summer.

Free school field trips generally are scheduled between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday during the academic year. For specific times and dates for field trips, call 309-794-7318, in advance.

The museum is housed in the Swenson Hall of Geosciences, adjacent to Founder's Hall and Ascension Chapel. (Map)