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Visiting the Fryxell Geology Museum

The museum will be closed for winter break Dec. 11, 2021-Jan 2, 2022. The museum will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 3, 2022.

The museum welcomes visitors from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session.

All visitors — regardless of age or vaccination status — must wear a mask over the nose and mouth. Augustana employees and students also are required to wear masks indoors.

Individuals, couples and families are welcome, but no group tours are available at this time.

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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.