Since its inception in 1848, the UWGM collection has grown to include rare and world-class specimens important to geoscience research and education. It contains about 120,000 geological and paleontological specimens, as well as voucher specimens for research conducted by more than a century’s worth of graduate students in the Department of Geoscience at UW-Madison. We also serve as a designated repository for vertebrate fossils from federal lands and National Park Service specimens.
Collections Update (3/18/2020): The UWGM remains closed to the public to maintain health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As such, we are temporarily suspending collections operations. This includes incoming and outgoing loans, as well as access to the collections via scientific visits. Please do not ship collections, such as returned loans, to the museum during this time. We look forward to reopening again when it is safe to do so.
Researchers, faculty, instructors, students, and others needing more detailed information on our collections should contact our Curator of Collections, Carrie Eaton, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other noteworthy holdings at the UWGM include:
●A premier collection of fossils from the Waukesha Lagerstätte, a deposit in Wisconsin that remarkably features the preservation of soft-bodied organisms; these fossils provide one of the best glimpses into what life was like during the Early Silurian Period (~ 428 to 436 million years ago)
● Dinosaurs and reptiles from the Jurassic Morrison Formation and Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation
● Fish, birds, and reptiles from the Cretaceous Niobrara Formation
● Paleogene mammals from the White River Badlands of South Dakota
● A lithostratigraphic collection of Paleozoic fossils from Wisconsin, including fossils illustrated in the Geology of Wisconsin, Survey of 1873-1879.