Museum of Geological Sciences

The Museum of Geosciences houses a collection of over 13,000 minerals used for  research, education, and display.  Many Virginia specimens are included in the  collection, as well as specimens from famous mining localities worldwide.

Exhibits include gems, minerals, and a full-scale model of an  Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton found in Utah.  A display of minerals  arranged systematically by chemical formula is a much-used teaching tool.

The  exhibit room is 2500 square feet, so group size is limited to about 40. Groups and classes should schedule their time in advance to prevent  overcrowding. Reservations are first-come, first-served. Please contact Ellen  Mathena at least 2 weeks ahead of time, at 540-231-6894, or  email