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Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum

Museum Hours

Monday thru Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. 
Additional open hours are occasionally scheduled to accommodate Ho Tung Visualization Lab visitors, and special weekend hours typically are posted for campus events, such as Family Weekend, Graduation, and Reunion.
Geology Museum

About the Museum

The Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum exhibits minerals, rocks, and fossils, highlighting the beauty and wonder of these objects while also informing visitors about how geologists study the Earth. Threaded throughout the museum is a specific focus on what we know about New York State's geologic past.Labradorite sample from the Linsley Museum

The Collection

We are fortunate to have many specimens of exceptional quality in the museum including spectacular gems and mineral clusters, and well-preserved fossils of scorpion-like eurypterids, large dipleura trilobites, and a 7-foot-long mammoth tusk, to name just a few.

Who Was Robert M. Linsley?

Former Colgate Professor Robert LinsleyThe Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum is dedicated to Professor Linsley who from 1955 to 1992, enraptured and inspired Colgate students with his superb teaching and love for geology.  A paleontologist, Professor Linsley taught courses   on invertebrate fossils, evolution, and the history  of life. 

Colgate's Dinosaur Egg

The most famous fossil in the Linsley Museum is Colgate's oviraptor dinosaur egg, one of Colgate's dinosaur eggthe first complete dinosaur eggs ever discovered. The egg is displayed along with its rich history, including not only its origin and discovery but also how it came to Colgate, its many Colgate connections, and its infamous history here at Colgate.

A Special Bicentennial Display

A collection of beautiful carved mineral sculptures on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is currently on display in the Linsley Museum.  This special exhibit celebrates Colgate’s Bicentennial, as well as the university’s 150-year association with one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. (See a video on the display)
Beauty of Sculpted Minerals Display
On the wall above the fossil cases, a mural by local artist, Rachel Amann, depicts what life in Hamilton would have been like 375 million years ago when the fossilized organisms in these cases lived here. A wall of skulls nearby illustrates the mass extinction of large-bodied animals that occurred around 15,000 years ago, noting its possible connection to the climate change and increasing human impacts that were taking place at that time.
The mural on the wall of the Linsley Museum

Fluorescent Mineral Display

Children observing the fluorescent mineral display. The geology department also maintains a small but beautiful fluorescent mineral display in the darkened exit corridor off of the Ho Tung Visualization Lab on the fourth floor of the Ho Science Center. This display, a popular stop after Vis Lab shows, was made possible by two generous gifts to the geology department: a suite of 70 fluorescent minerals donated by Steven and Matthew Shramko '13, and funding for the display's construction provided by Rand and Carol April.

Click here to read about the museum's opening in October of 2009