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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

Admission is free. 

Regular hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when classes are in session.

The museum will be closed for holiday break Dec. 14-Jan. 5, 2020. The museum will reopen at 8 a.m. Jan. 6.

The museum will be open after each "Season of Light" show at the adjacent John Deere Planetarium Dec. 7-13, 2019. RSVPs to the free planetarium show are requested.

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)