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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.

Hours and location

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the museum is open by appointment only to individual families. No group tours are available. 

Call 309-794-7318 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays to schedule an appointment.

Admission is free. 

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